Published: 09-27-2023 | Category: Troop F
TROOP F NEWS RELEASE
September 27, 2023
Two Men Killed in Fiery Interstate Crash
Ouachita Parish – On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, shortly after 5:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-20 near the Cheniere Drew Exit. The crash claimed the lives of 60-year-old Selden W. Heatley II and 76-year-old Selden J. Heatley.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Hurricane RV (recreational vehicle), driven by Selden W. Heatley II, was traveling west on I-20, in the left lane. At the same time, a 2020 Nissan Altima was traveling west on I-20, in the right lane. For reasons still under investigation, the RV exited the left side of the road. The driver attempted to regain control of the RV by steering to the right, but overcorrected and struck the Nissan. After impact, the RV traveled off the right side of the road before colliding with a tree and becoming engulfed in flames.
Selden W. Heatley II and Selden J. Heatley were pronounced dead at the scene. Restraint use is unknown. The driver of the Nissan, who was properly restrained, was uninjured. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, we urge all motorists to prioritize safety on the roads. Avoid driving while distracted or impaired at all costs, as these choices pose serious threats to yourself and others sharing the road. Stay focused, alert, and responsible every time you get behind the wheel. Your commitment to roadway safety is a crucial step towards ensuring the well-being of everyone in our community.
In 2023, Troop F has investigated 29 fatal crashes, resulting in 35 deaths.
TFC Ryan Davis
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 345-2810