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Fatal Crash in Evangeline Parish claims life of a 22- year old



At approximately 7:45 p.m. on June 21, 2020, a single-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 49 near mile post 43 (north of LA Hwy 29) in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life Destiny Ates, 22, of Pollock.

Donald Ates Jr. was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer southbound on I-49. His vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. After impact, the Explorer began to overturn in the median.

Despite being properly restrained, Destiny Ates suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced

dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. Donald Ates was unrestrained

and was ejected from the vehicle, he suffered moderate injuries. A 7-month-old child was

properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. Donald Ates and the child were transported toan area hospital for treatment. Impairment is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample wastaken from Donald Ates for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

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