Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2020, a two-vehicle crash occurred on LA Highway 13 near Heritage Road in Evangeline Parish. Deonte Walker, 21, of Eunice died in this crash.
A 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Walker, was traveling north on LA 13. At the same time, a 2014 Freightliner 18-wheeler was traveling south on LA 13. Walker crossed the center line and struck the Freightliner head-on in the southbound lane of travel.
State Police determined Walker was unrestrained, along with a front seat passenger. Walker and the passenger were both transported to a local hospital where Walker ultimately succumbed to his injuries. His passenger was treated for moderate injuries. The driver of the Freightliner was properly restrained and was uninjured. He submitted a breath sample which indicated no alcohol in his system and he displayed no signs of impairment. A toxicology sample was taken from Walker and results are pending.
This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
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