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Deputy working as crossing guard killed directing traffic at school

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 2:22pm

A school crossing guard was killed in Evangeline Parish after two cars collided near the elementary school where the reserve deputy was working.

The Louisiana State Police say the incident happened on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 a.m. Reserve Deputy John Granger of Reddell was directing traffic at Vidrine Elementary before the crash.

Troopers say Arleen Solieau, 50, of Ville Platte was driving her Mazda SUV west on La. 10. She was approaching the location where Granger was stationed. At the same time Kimberly Fontenot, 19, of Mamou, was approaching the same section in a Honda. She was driving north down La. 376 to La. 10.

We’re told Fontenot (Honda) drove into the path of Solieau (Mazda). The two cars collided. After the initial impact the Honda rotated and hit Reserve Deputy Granger.

Granger died at the scene due to his injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and sustained minor injuries. However, they were both taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Granger did follow all safety precautions and was wearing an orange reflective vest at the time of the crash.

Although this crash is still under investigation, Troopers do not believe alcohol to be a factor in this crash. They did not state whether a citation was issued.

Troopers remind motorists about the importance of remaining vigilant as you travel through school zones. Motorists should be aware about reduced speed limits around schools.

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