One dead after crash on I-20 in Richland Parish

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DELHI, La. (Louisiana State Police) - One woman is dead after a deadly car crash near Delhi.

Louisiana State police say shortly after 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Troop F responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 20, approximately 3 miles west of Delhi.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by 61-year-old Larry Copes of Delhi, was traveling east on I-20 when it was struck in the rear by a 2007 Cadillac CTS, driven by 30-year-old Laquita Miles of Monroe.

Police say after impact, the Explorer traveled off the road and overturned.

An unrestrained passenger in the Explorer, 60-year-old Rhonda Copes of Delhi, was ejected and pronounced dead on scene by the Richland Parish Coroner’s Office. Miles, who was properly restrained, was injured and taken to a local hospital for injuries.

Routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

In 2017, Troop F has investigated 31 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths.