State police suspect alcohol a factor in Natchitoches Parish fatal crash

By Everything Cenla staff

Lauren D. Delrie,  21, of Chopin, was killed in a one-vehicle accident  early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was in went off of the right side of Louisiana Highway 490 and hit a tree, according to Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Delrie was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver, Joseph D. Delarcerda, 21, also of Chopin, was seriously injured.

State Police report the accident occurred about 9:15 a.m. east of Interstate 49. Delarcerda was driving a 1997 Honda Accord eastward on Highway 490 when he lost control of the vehicle resulting in it hitting a tree on the right side of the highway.

Delarcerda or Delrie were not wearing seatbelts. Delarcerda was taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

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