Sheriff's deputy killed in DeSoto Parish crash

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, February 12 2020 Feb 12, 2020 February 12, 2020 4:31 PM February 12, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ Staff

DESOTO PARISH - A sheriff's deputy died in a two-vehicle car crash Wednesday morning.

Around 8 a.m., Louisiana State Police responded to a fatal crash on Highway 84 west of Highway 3248. The crash took the life of 43-year-old DeSoto Parish Deputy Donna Richardson-Below. 

Investigators say Richard Wimer, 33, was driving east on U.S. Highway 84 in a 2008 Jeep Cherokee while Deputy Richardson-Below was traveling west in an unmarked DeSoto Parish Sherriff’s Office’s Ford Crown Victoria. When Wimer was entering a curve he lost control of the vehicle and crashed head on with Richardson-Below.

Richardson-Below was pronounced dead at the scene. She was properly restrained.

Wimer was unrestrained at the time of the crash and received moderate injuries. He was transported to a local hospital.  

The crash is still under investigation.  

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