Sheriff's deputy killed in DeSoto Parish crash
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.