A Eunice man riding in the back seat of a car was killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 190 near Eunice Thursday night, State Police said.
Steven Gallow, 36, was not wearing a seat belt when the 1996 Mercury Marquis in which he was riding collided with a pickup truck that turned in front the car at around 6 p.m., Master Trooper Brooks David said.
The Mercury, driven by 20-year-old Jersawky Thomas of Eunice, was eastbound on U.S. 190 when the westbound truck, driven by 26-year-old Katherine Blanchard of Eunice, tried to turn onto Beck Miller Road and crashed into the car, David said in a news release.
Blanchard, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital. A juvenile, who was restrained, also received minor injuries.
Thomas and front-seat passenger Joshua Dupre, 34, both wore a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.
The St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Gallow dead at the scene. Impairment is not suspected, David said, though toxicology samples were sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Blanchard was cited for failure to yield at a yield sign and for not wearing a seat belt.