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Fatal Crash Investigated
Friday, February 7, 2014
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash in the 500 block of Rue des Babineaux just north of Scott that resulted in a fatality. Deputies received a call at 3:00 AM on February 7th indicating that a motorist had observed a male body in the roadway on Rue des Babineaux, upon arrival deputies located 21 year-old Leandys Hernandez-Gonzales dead. The investigation immediately lead deputies to a car crash several feet from the body. The deputies have determined that Gonzales was driving a 2011 Honda Civic west on Rue des Babineaux at an apparent high rate of speed and for unknown reasons crossed the center line left the roadway and struck a tree causing the vehicle to split. Gonzales was thrown from the impact point onto the roadway. The crash was not reported until a motorist observed the victim lying in the roadway. After speaking with family members it was determined that Gonzales was traveling alone in the vehicle. Standard toxicology tests will be done to determine if alcohol was a factor.