Troopers investigate double-fatality crash in parish

Published 8:24 am Monday, December 27, 2021

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Shortly after 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 21 north of Bogalusa in Washington Parish.

The crash claimed the lives of Mallory Odom, 32, of Bogalusa, and Kassi Creel, 31, of Franklinton.

Trooper William Huggins said that the initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as the driver, Mallory Odom, was southbound on Highway 21 in a 2017 Nissan Rogue. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan crossed the centerline and exited the roadway to the left. After leaving the roadway, the Nissan impacted a concrete culvert.

Both the driver and the passenger, Kassie Creel, were unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries, Huggins said. Both were pronounced deceased on the scene.

Impairment is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was obtained from the driver for analysis, Huggins said. This crash remains under investigation.