St. Martinville woman dies from injuries in crash

ST. MARTIN PARISH — A St. Martinville woman died last week from injuries she suffered in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 12.

According to a Louisiana State Police spokesman, Arlene Higginbotham, 60, died on Dec. 19.

According to the spokesman, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 3039 near Caliste Olivier Road in St. Martin Parish around 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 12. An investigation showed that the crash occurred as Higginbotham was driving a 2006 Mazda 6 north on 3039 when her vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned before coming to rest in a ditch.

According to investigators, Higginbotham was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

According to the spokesman, Troop I has investigated 58 fatal crashes resulting in 60 deaths in 2019.

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