A fatal crash occurred nearby the intersection of LA Hwy 26 and US Hwy 171 in Beauregard Parish just after 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 23. Troopers with the Louisiana State Police's Troop D were first to arrive at the scene of the crash.
In speaking with witnesses, troopers determined that one of the motorists involved in the incident had been driving her 2015 GMC Sierra northbound along US Hwy 171 in the moments before the crash occurred. For some unknown reason, the driver allowed their vehicle to cross into the roadway's left shoulder and later its median. The GMC's driver struck a 2017 Toyota Prius as it continued into oncoming traffic.
Although police determined that each of the motorists was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, the head-on impact was apparently too quick and forceful for the Toyota's airbags to deploy. Its front-seat passenger suffered blunt force trauma in the crash. The Beauregard Parish Coroner's Office pronounced that individual as dead shortly after their arrival at the accident scene.
The driver of the Prius didn't report any injuries and the GMC's driver walked away with only minor ones. Police were able to take toxicology samples from both motorists and have submitted them for analysis. Police have yet to decide whether to charge the GMC's driver for their role in causing the fatal crash.
This year alone, Troop D has responded to 23 fatal crashes so far.
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