Evangeline Parish – Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle crash on LA Highway 13 near Heritage Road in Evangeline Parish shortly before 5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2020. The crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Deonte Walker of Eunice.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Walker, was traveling north on LA 13. At the same time, a 2014 Freightliner 18-wheeler was traveling south on LA 13. For reasons still under investigation, Walker crossed the center line and struck the Freightliner head-on in the southbound lane of travel.
Troopers determined Walker was unrestrained, along with a front seat passenger. Walker and the passenger were both transported to a local hospital where Walker ultimately succumbed to his injuries. His passenger was treated for moderate injuries. The driver of the Freightliner was properly restrained and was uninjured. He submitted a breath sample which indicated no alcohol in his system and he displayed no signs of impairment. A toxicology sample was taken from Walker and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.