Medical condition likely factor in Washington Parish crash
FRANKLINTON - Preliminary investigation by Louisiana State Police has revealed a single vehicle crash that took the life of 78-year-old woman on Tuesday morning in Washington Parish may have been caused by a medical condition.
Troopers began investigating the crash on La. 16 near La. 1072 shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday after a westbound SUV, driven by Violet Jones of Franklinton, crossed the centerline and ran off the left side of the roadway. The woman's SUV traveled down an embankment and flipped before coming to rest upside down in a ditch. Jones was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner's Office.
Investigators said Jones was wearing a seatbelt and impairment is not suspected; however, blood samples were taken for toxicological analysis at the state crime lab. Those results are pending, but troopers currently believe that an undisclosed medical condition may have been behind the wreck. We will update this story as more details become available.