Head-on collision leaves two dead
A head-on collison in Richland Parish has left two people dead.
Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a head-on crash at 3:30 p.m. July 27 on LA 17 in Richland Parish just south of the West Carroll line.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 35-year-old Stephone Smith of Lake Providence, was traveling north on LA 17. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by 21–year-old Gabrielle Otwell of Oak Grove.
After impact, both vehicles came to rest in a ditch.
Two unrestrained occupants in the Chevrolet Silverado, 64-year-old Glenda Fields and 32-year-old Tracy Quinn were pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland Parish Coroner’s Office. Otwell, who was properly restrained, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
Smith was cited for driving left of center and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
In 2018, Troop F has investigated 20 fatal crashes resulting in 24 deaths.