LIVINGSTON, LA – Shortly before 11:30 am on Sunday, State Troopers began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on Frost Rd. south of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish.
The crash took the life of 58-year-old former Louisiana State Senator Huelette Fontenot of Denham Springs.
Investigators say that the crash occurred as Fontenot was traveling northbound on LA Hwy 63 in a 2013 Honda Civic.
At the same time, a 2013 Lexus E35 was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 63.
For reasons still under investigation, Fontenot failed to yield and made a left turn into the path of the Lexus.
This resulted in the Lexus striking the Honda on its passenger side door.
Fontenot was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries.
He was transported to a local hospital, where he ultimately died from his injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Lexus were properly restrained and sustained minor injuries.
Impairment is unknown at this time, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis.
The following is a statement from Senate President John A. Alario, Jr. regarding the death of former State Senator Heulette ‘Clo’ Fontenot, Jr.:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague, ‘Clo’ Fontenot. Throughout his twelve-year tenure in the Louisiana State Legislature, he worked tirelessly for the state of Louisiana and the citizens of Livingston Parish. I was honored to serve with ‘Clo’ in the House of Representatives, where he was known for his passion for the environment and protecting the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“He was a dedicated public servant who truly loved his state and community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
‘Clo’ Fontenot served in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996 – 2008, serving one term in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate. For more information, please contact the Senate Communication Office at 225.342.6270.