Larry Doucett Killed, One Injured in Auto Accident on Route 26 near Jennings, LA
Jennings, LA — September 24, 2022, 75-year-old Larry Doucett died in a three-vehicle accident involving a bucket truck on State Route 26 near Jennings.
Authorities say the incident happened around noon on LA-26 near LA-102. Preliminary investigation suggests 40-year-old Alfredo Guilamo was driving a forestry bucket truck south on the highway when a car just ahead of it stopped for traffic. Guilamo, unable to stop in time, swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid the car but its towed wood-chipper struck the back of it.
The truck then continued forward, entering the driveway of a nearby Dollar General where it hit Doucett's Chrysler Town and Country minivan. That impact sent both vehicles into a ditch and the bucket truck overturned on top of the van.
Doucett suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. A passenger in the van received serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Larry Doucett Accident on LA-26 near Jennings
If reports have their facts straight it sounds a lot like the driver of that forestry truck made some serious and costly errors in judgment. It's important that investigators take a long hard look into why that might have happened; it could be something as simple as the driver misjudging his follow distance, but it could also be something else. If investigators find he was sending a text instead of watching the road, for example, then there may be lingering questions of negligence that both he and his employer should answer for.
To be clear, I'm not accusing the driver of misbehavior. However, it can't be denied that this accident had tragic results and it's important to know who if anyone should be held accountable for that. The news seems to point some pretty clear fingers, but as always it's best to know the whole truth and only let the facts tell the story before all is said and done. Will law enforcement take the time and care needed to connect all the dots, or would independent investigators stand a better chance of getting the victims answers and help?