[JPL] Cajun musician Bruce Daigrepont's parents killed in car accident while evacuating from Hurricane Gustav

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Subject: Obit: Bruce Daigrepont's parents
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 10:46 AM
Cajun musician Bruce Daigrepont's parents killed in car accident while
evacuating from Hurricane Gustav
2 evacuees die in wreck near Warren

By Steve Sanoski
ssanoski at vicksburgpost.com
Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
Hurricane Gustav claimed two victims in the Warren County area Sunday
afternoon ‹ well before the storm made landfall in Louisiana ‹ when an
elderly Metairie couple's car rolled off U.S. 61 North just south of Onward
in Sharkey County.
Albert Daigrepont Jr., 86, and his wife, Jennie Rita, 77, both died of head
and chest trauma from their injuries, said Warren County Coroner Doug
Mrs. Daigrepont was pronounced dead at the scene by Sharkey County Coroner
Angela Eason about 3 p.m.
Mr. Daigrepont survived the impact, but was taken to River Region Medical
Center and pronounced dead by Huskey at 6:30 p.m.
"The vehicle had apparently run off the road, and when (Mr. Daigrepont)
tried to pull the car back onto the road it started to roll," said Eason,
who added both were ejected from the vehicle and did not appear to be
wearing seat belts.
The wreck occurred on U.S. 61 North near the intersection of Low Water
Bridge Road, said Eason.
The Daigreponts were less than 10 miles away from their destination in Cary,
said Robert Martin, a Rolling Fork resident whose sister is married to the
Daigrepont's son, Bruce. Martin said the Daigreponts left Metairie around 9
a.m. Sunday along with their son and daughter, who were making the trip with
their families in other vehicles.
The Daigreponts, 725 Hesper Ave., had been residents of Metairie for more
than 50 years, Martin said. He remembered the couple as caring, loving
grandparents who enjoyed spending their retired years in the company of
family and friends.
"Bruce and my sister, Sue, have three little girls that they spent most all
of their time with," Martin said, noting his sister's family lived near the
Daigreponts in Metairie. "They were really friendly people. It's a tragedy,
they had been traveling all day and were only about five minutes from where
they were headed."
Huskey said Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg was holding the bodies until
they can be taken to Metairie for services. 

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