According to investigating troopers, on June 4 at 1:03 a.m., Menard was driving his 1997 Buick passenger car south on Highway 82 when he attempted to pass several vehicles in a curve which, authorities say, was clearly marked as a no passing zone.
While he was attempting to pass cars, Menard's vehicle slammed head on into a 2012 Ford Focus driven northbound by 23-year-old Emily Landry of Lafayette.
Menard sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital, but a passenger in his vehicle, 55-year-old Kenneth Menard of Abbeville, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner.
Landry was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to a local hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Trooper Stephen Hammons, a public affairs officer for the Louisiana State Police, said in a news release Menard was suspected of being impaired and was placed under arrest for DWI 4th offense, passing in a no-passing zone, vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury.
After he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail.
The crash remains under investigation.