Woman, 31, killed in Highway 21 crash

Published 4:19 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017

A 31-year-old Bogalusa woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Washington Parish, according to the Louisiana State Police.

Trooper Dustin Dwight of LSP Troop L said that at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, troopers investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 21 north of Louisiana 10 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Jacquelyn Nicole Edwards, 31, of Bogalusa.

Dwight said the initial on-scene investigation led troopers to determine that Edwards was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Highway 21. Edwards pulled onto the right shoulder in an attempt to make a U-turn. As Edwards reentered the northbound lane, her vehicle was hit on the driver side by a tractor trailer driven by 50-year-old Carnell Williams Jr. of Prentiss, Miss., Dwight said.

Despite being properly restrained, Edwards sustained severe injuries in the crash. She was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition. Edwards was pronounced deceased by hospital doctors shortly after her arrival. Williams was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was uninjured.

Impairment is not suspected to have been a contributing factor, Dwight said. As part of the fatal crash investigation, blood samples were collected from Edwards. The samples will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Williams submitted a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present.