I-20 wreck leaves 1 dead, police searching for other driver

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:07am

On Sunday, at 3:36 p.m., troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two vehicle fatal crash where a Shreveport woman died on Interstate Highway 20 about 10 miles west of Ruston.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a car, driven by Sylesia Howard, 19, of Shreveport, was traveling west on I-20 in the left lane when an unknown vehicle that was traveling west in the right lane swerved into the path of the Howard. This caused Howard to travel off the left side of the road and lose control. Howard then crossed back over both westbound lanes of I-20 and traveled off the right side of the interstate where she hit a tree.

The unknown vehicle continued traveling west and did not stop. The unknown vehicle is a light colored SUV or truck. Witnesses were unable to get a license plate or driver description.

Howard was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lincoln Parish Coroner’s office.

A routine toxicology sample was taken from Howard and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop F by dialing 318-345-0000 or, if using a cell phone, *LSP (*577).

While the exact cause of this crash is unknown, inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government’s official distracted driving website, www.distraction.gov.

Troop F has investigated 12 fatal crashes which have resulted in 14 deaths so far this year.


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