Troopers investigate fatal crash on LA-25 in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON, LA — This morning shortly after 9:00am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on LA-25 in Washington Parish. The crash took place approximately one mile south of the Franklinton city limits and claimed the life of Lorenda Duncan, 35.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Duncan was traveling north on LA-25 in a 2006 Ford Fusion when she pulled onto the right northbound shoulder to pick up a pedestrian. Upon picking up her passenger, Duncan attempted to make a U-turn turning across the northbound lane of LA-25 directly into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling north. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, Everett Robins, 63, was unable to avoid collision and impacted the left side of the Ford Fusion with its front end.
Duncan sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Riverside Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Front seat passenger in the Ford Fusion, Steven Knight, 58, was also transported to Riverside Medical Center with minor to moderate injuries.
Both Robins and front seat passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, Jason Robins, 32, received no injuries in the crash.
All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and driver impairment is not suspected pending the results of a toxicology analysis.
Troopers are continuing their investigation; however, driver inattention is suspected to be the primary factor leading to the events of the crash.