Texas Woman Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash

Published: 11-08-2023 | Category: Troop F


November 08, 2023

Texas Woman Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash


Richland Parish – On Wednesday, November 08, 2023, shortly before 4:00 a.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on I-20 west of Start.  The crash claimed the life of 70-year-old Joanne Byrd-Roberts of Denison, Texas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Byrd-Roberts, was traveling west on I-20.  For reasons still under investigation, the Malibu traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Byrd-Roberts, who was properly restrained, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.  Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police would like to remind motorists to slow down, buckle up, and lessen the distractions in the vehicle.  Crash forces do not care who you are or what you drive.  The faster you drive, the greater the risk of serious injury or death; not wearing a seat belt dramatically increases that risk. 

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 36 fatal crashes, resulting in 44 deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810