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Larry Doucett was killed in a bucket truck accident on LA Highway 102 near Jefferson Davis Parish

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, Louisiana – Larry Andrew Doucett, 75, of Hathaway, was killed Saturday in a three-vehicle accident involving a bucket truck just north of Jennings. A front seat passenger in Doucett’s vehicle, who was properly restrained, received serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

On September 17, 2022, shortly after 12:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D was notified of a three-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 26, about a half mile south of LA Hwy 102 in Jefferson Davis Parish. The crash claimed the life of 75-year-old Larry Andrew Doucett of Hathaway.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 International DuraStar (Forestry Bucket Truck), driven by 40-year-old Alfredo Guilamo of Katy, Texas, was traveling south on LA 26. At the same time, the driver of a 2017 Hyundai Accent stopped for traffic that had stopped in front of him. Guilamo failed to stop and traveled into the northbound lane of travel in an attempt to avoid striking the Hyundai. As Guilamo steered to the left, the right-side fender of a portable wood chipper being towed struck the rear of the Hyundai. After the initial impact with the Hyundai, the bucket truck traveled into the driveway of Dollar General and struck the left side of a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country van being driven by Doucett. Both vehicles entered a roadside ditch, which caused the bucket truck to overturn and come to rest on top of the Chrysler.

Despite being properly restrained, Doucett sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The front seat passenger in the Chrysler, who was also properly restrained, sustained serious injuries and was transported to area hospital for treatment. The driver of the Hyundai and his passenger were not injured nor was the driver of the bucket truck, Guilamo. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis as this crash remains under investigation.

Inattentive/distracted driving continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes in Louisiana and throughout our coutry. More information on distracted driving can be found online at www.distraction.gov. Troop D alone has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 20 deaths in 2022.

Doucett’s family will likely have a claim for negligence against the bucket truck driver

Though this crash remains under investigation by authorities, it appears that the bucket truck driver that struck Doucett’s Chrysler was negligent in many ways. The family of Doucett will likely need to consult an attorney to independently investigate the bucket truck driver’s behavior surrounding the fatal crash. Here, it seems that the bucket truck driver that hit Doucett’s car may have been distracted while driving, possibly driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Accordingly, Doucett’s family and his passenger could bring a suit against the driver of the bucket truck for the wrongful death of their loved one. Trained professionals like our attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm will greatly increase the chances of success and the ultimate recovery. We have over three decades of experience in the industry and have dedicated our careers to holding negligent drivers like this responsible for their actions. We aim to help our clients recover the compensation to which they are entitled in the hopes of deterring negligent drivers and preventing these types of tragedies from occurring in the future.

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