Suspected drunk driver arrested after passenger killed in crash
ST. AMANT - A Prairieville man was arrested after a passenger in his vehicle died following an early morning crash in Ascension Parish.
27-year-old Jot Willeford was booked on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, no seat belt and operating a vehicle with an expired driver’s license.
State Police say just before 3 a.m. Friday, Willeford was traveling westbound on LA 429 in a pickup truck. When he entered the intersection of LA 429 and LA 22, he lost control of the truck and it began to overturn. Troopers said the vehicle came to rest in a ditch on the east side of LA 22.
49-year-old Dena Edmonston, of French Settlement, was not restrained at the time of the crash and died from injuries sustained as the truck rolled. A second passenger in the vehicle also suffered serious injuries. While Willeford was not wearing a seatbelt, he was not injured in the crash.
State Police were able to determine that Willeford was intoxicated after he submitted a breath test that registered over three times the legal limit. Troopers arrested Willeford at the scene and booked him into the Ascension Parish Jail on the above charges.