32-year-old Karla Norbert of Duson is dead after 35-year-old Broderick Brown of New Iberia crashed his vehicle head on into hers as he was allegedly trying to get away from a Louisiana State Trooper.

LSP spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says it happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after Brown was caught allegedly speeding on U.S. Hwy 90 eastbound near LA Hwy 675 (Jefferson Island road). After putting his lights and siren on, the Trooper says Brown refused to stop and sped onto LA Hwy 14. Brown then struck Norbert's vehicle near the intersection of LA Hwy 14 and Cape Palos Street after crossing the center line following a left hand curve in Iberia Parish.

Troopers say Norbert was not restrained and died at the scene. Her passenger suffered moderate injuries.

Brown was restrained and suffered moderate injuries. As soon as he is released from the hospital, Trooper Gossen says he will be charged with the following:

  • Aggravated Flight from an Officer
  • Reckless Operation
  • Suspended Driver’s License
  • No Insurance
  • Open Alcoholic Container
  • an active warrant for a parole violation
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • 1st Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring

A toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers. Brown is suspected of being impaired.


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