Published: 10-17-2023 | Category: Troop D
Calcasieu Parish – On October 17, 2023, shortly after 2:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler on LA Hwy 14 just east of Harrington Road in Calcasieu Parish. The crash claimed the life of 41-year-old Robert Allen Elliott of Gueydan.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Elliott, was traveling west on LA 14. At the same time, the driver of a 2005 Peterbilt grain hauler 18-wheeler was traveling east on LA 14. The driver of the Dodge crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane of travel. In an attempt to avoid a crash, the driver of the 18-wheeler took evasive actions by steering into the westbound lane of travel. As the 18-wheeler moved into the westbound lane of travel, Elliott steered the Dodge back into the westbound lane of travel and struck the 18-wheeler head-on.
Despite being properly restrained, Elliott sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was properly restrained and not injured.
Toxicology samples were obtained from Elliott and the driver of 18-wheeler and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troop D has investigated 28 fatal crashes resulting in 31 deaths in 2023.
TFC Derek Senegal
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (337) 491-2513