Head-On Crash in Ouachita Parish Kills One and Injures Two

Published: 05-14-2024 | Category: Troop F


Head-On Crash in Ouachita Parish Kills One and Injures Two

 

Sterlington – On Monday, May 13, 2024, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash on LA 2 just west of US 165.  The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Shuan Washington of Bastrop.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2006 Toyota Highlander, driven by Washington, was traveling west on LA 2 behind a 2003 Volvo S80.  At the same time, a 2009 Ford Mustang was traveling east on LA 2.  For reasons still under investigation, Washington passed the Volvo when it was not safe to do so.  As a result, the Toyota struck the Ford head-on in the eastbound lane of LA 2.  After the initial impact, the Toyota rotated counterclockwise and struck the front of the Volvo.

Washington, who was not properly restrained, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Ford, who was properly restrained, received moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The Ford’s front seat passenger, who was not properly restrained, also received moderate injuries and was transported for treatment.  The driver of the Volvo was properly restrained and uninjured.  Routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Far too often, troopers witness the tragic consequences of preventable crashes.  Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted.  Always wear your seatbelt, obey posted speed limits, and exercise patience.  Rushing can lead to impulsive decisions and reckless driving.  While not all crashes are survivable, taking these simple precautions can often mean the difference between life and death.

In 2024, Troop F has investigated 17 fatal crashes, resulting in 18 deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810

ryan.davis@la.gov