DESOTO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Lousiana State Police are investigating a car crash in DeSoto Parish that left two Texas women dead and another person injured after their SUV reportedly struck the rear-end of an 18-wheeler early Wednesday morning.
According to LSP, the fatal crash happened around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday on Louisiana Highway 765 near Marshall Road. When troopers arrived at the scene, they learned that the crash involved a 2017 International tractor-trailer and a 2017 Jeep SUV.
LSP says the 18-wheeler was stopped in the northbound travel lane of Louisiana Highway 765 preparing to make a right turn when the Jeep was traveling northbound on LA HWY 765 approaching the stopped tractor-trailer.
For reasons still under investigation, 27-year-old Julia Patton, the drive of the Jeep, failed to stop and struck the trailer’s rear bumper. Troopers say Patton and her front-seat passenger, 18-year-old Jaylie Gray of Galveston, Texas, were both unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries.
A third passenger in Patton’s SUV, who was also unrestrained, suffered from serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
LSP says toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.