Pair of wrecks snarl 21 on Friday

Published 6:41 pm Sunday, March 22, 2015

Louisiana State Police investigated a pair of two-vehicle collisions Friday. A total of four people from the two accidents were transported to area hospitals.

The first accident was reported at approximately 7:55 a.m. at Duffy Road and Louisiana Highway 21 near H.L. Brownstone Fitness Center.

Poplarville, Miss. resident Connie Lauderdale was driving a maroon 2010 SUV southbound on Highway 21 when a white Ford 1-50 pulled out from Duffy Road and the vehicles collided.

The driver of the Ford 1-50, whose name was unavailable, was cited for failure to yield. It was unclear if the driver sustained injuries.

Lauderdale was transported for minor injuries at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. Her parents, Willie and Shelby Skipper, were also transported to Lakeview with minor injuries. Willie Skipper, who was in the front passenger seat, was on his way to Lakeview for a throat procedure when the accident occurred, according to family members who arrived on the scene. Shelby Skipper was in the back passenger seat.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call about the second accident at 4:57 p.m. The crash occurred at the city limits line at Carolina No. 2 Stop and Save on Highway 21 North and Bateman Drive.

George Bob Lowery said he was driving southbound from work in his 1500 Dodge pickup when a north bound four-door Ford Crown Victoria driven by Sandra Denise Jackson of Angie turned left into the Stop and Save parking lot in front of him.

“I was driving about 45 or 50 miles per hour. She turned left in front of me. There was traffic in the other lane so there was no where for me to go,” Lowry said. “I tried to stop. Thirty-five feet of skid marks will attest to that.”

Jackson was transported by Northshore EMS to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. The extent of her injuries were unknown.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy Warren Vallaire said he did not suspect alcohol or drugs played roles in the crash.

Efforts to reach new Louisiana State Police Troop L spokesman Dustin Dwight for further details about the crash, Jackson’s injuries and if any citations were issued were unsuccessful as of press time.