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Driver killed after crashing into backing up semi on highway

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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - State police say a Winnsboro woman is dead after hitting a semi that was backing up on the highway after the truck driver apparently missed the exit.

Saturday night at 10:10 p.m., troopers responded to the two vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 4 east of U.S. Highway 425. 

The preliminary investigation shows a tractor trailer, driven by 36-year-old Venel Juste of Jackson, MS, was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 4 when it stopped and started backing into King Road after missing a turn. A pick up, driven by 22-year-old Courtney Ezell of Winnsboro, was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 4 when it struck the trailer of the semi.

Ezell suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner's office. The passenger in the semi, 38-year-old Geraldine Juste of Jackson, MS, and Venel Juste did not report any injuries.

Alcohol is not suspected on the part of Ezell. Alcohol use is suspected on the part of Venel Juste. Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Venel Juste was booked into jail in Franklin Parish and was charged with vehicular homicide and improper backing. If convicted, Venel Juste faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

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