MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities say a crash in Ouachita Parish has claimed the life of a West Monroe woman.
According to state police, it happened on May 21, 2020, around 2 a.m. on Interstate 20 west of Monroe.
They say a vehicle driven by 52-year-old Kimberly Alexander was eastbound on I-20 when it traveled off the roadway and hit a parked commercial motor vehicle on the shoulder.
Police say Alexander was not wearing her seatbelt and suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the parked vehicle sustained moderate injuries.
Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
State police add:
Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself in a crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
Louisiana State Police would like to remind all motorists that if you feel differently, you drive differently. Alcohol, prescription drugs, and other drugs have many effects on the body that negatively affect driving skills. These drugs can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.
In 2020, Troop F has investigated 21 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.