Benton woman dies in overnight head-on collision in Bossier Parish


BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS)  – A Benton woman lost her life in an overnight crash in Bossier Parish, according to the Louisiana State Police.

Melissa Lawrence, 40, died in a head-on collision on Highway 161, troopers say.  

Shortly before 1:45 a.m. Sunday, troopers from Troop G responded to the crash a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 162 west of Linton Road.

When they arrived at the scene, they found Lawrence suffering from critical injuries and 23-year-old Juwan Wells of Shreveport, suffering from moderate injuries.

The initial investigation revealed a 2014 Mazda SUV, driven by 23-year-old Juwan Wells of Shreveport, was traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 162, approaching a curve.

For reasons still under investigation, Wells’ vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2010 Dodge Caravan head-on. Wells and the driver of the Caravan were properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries. They were taken to a local hospital.

Lawrence, who was a passenger in the Caravan, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Impairment on the part of Wells is a suspected factor in the crash, and toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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