Ouachita Parish Crash Claims the Life of Simsboro Woman

Published: 08-21-2023 | Category: Troop F


August 21, 2023


Ouachita Parish Crash Claims the Life of Simsboro Woman


Calhoun – On Monday, August 21, 2023, shortly before 4:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 837 near LA Hwy 151.  This crash claimed the life of 51-year-old Patricia Eley of Simsboro.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Jamie Bell, was traveling north on LA Hwy 837.  At the same time, a 2005 Dodge Ram, driven by Anthony Cappo, was traveling south on LA Hwy 837.  For reasons still under investigation, both vehicles crossed the centerline and struck each other head-on.

Eley, who was properly restrained and a passenger in the Dodge, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office.  Both drivers, who were properly restrained, received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.  Although impairment is unknown, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Stay safe on the road by always driving attentively and without impairment.  Avoid distractions, such as texting, eating, or using your phone, and remain focused on the task at hand.  Also, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescribed or illicit).  Making responsible choices while driving can save lives and prevent tragedies.

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 23 fatality crashes, resulting in 26 deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police – Troop F

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-0000