Pitkin woman killed as vehicle crashes into tree

VERNON PARISH – On Friday, July 16, 2010, at 12:09 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 10, mile post 26.6. Preliminary investigation revealed Stacy Weldon, 33, of Pitkin, was driving east in a 2004 GMC Envoy. The vehicle exited the roadway and impacted a tree on the passenger side. The vehicle then rotated and vaulted after impact with the tree and traveled an additional 50 feet before striking a group of trees on the driver’s side.

Weldon was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Troop E troopers have investigated 34 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 39 fatalities.

Pineville man killed in Avoyelles Parish crash

On Thursday, July 15, at 9:35 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 454, mile post 9.7. Preliminary investigation revealed the driver, Robert Gibson Loudin, 39, of Pineville, was traveling west when he lost control of the 1988 Ford pick-up he was driving. The vehicle exited the roadway, re-entered the roadway, and then overturned several times. The vehicle continued traveling on its roof, again left the roadway, then impacted a tree on the passenger side.

Loudin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Troop E troopers have investigated 33 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 38 fatalities.

2-year-old Simmsport girl killed in car crash; speed, alcohol suspected factors

By EverythingCenla

A 2-year-old Simmsport girl is dead as the result of a single-vehicle accident in which police suspect speed and alcohol were factors that led to the crash Wednesday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to Louisiana State Police Troop A.

The Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Keondre Edwards dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Louisiana Highway 1 south of Louisiana 18. A second child sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Avoyelles General Hospital.

An investigation indicates Ashley Jones, 25, of Simmsport was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala north on Highway 1 when she entered a left-hand curve and ran off of the road to the right. Upon exiting the curve, the vehicle travelled through a ditch and began to roll over, ejecting the children, who were not restrained in their seats. Jones was also treated at Avoyelles General Hospital.

The children were in the back seat of the Impala. They were not in child safety seats or buckled in the back seat.

Troopers suspect that both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. Troopers have submitted a sample of Jones’ blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis. Currently, Jones is charged with careless operation and two counts of failure to restrain a child. More charges may follow, pending the outcome of toxicology tests being performed on Jones’ blood.

Meanwhile, State police said it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that every child under the age of 13 is properly secured in the vehicle. Both the children involved in this crash should have been restrained in forward-facing child safety seats.

Drunken drivers and lack of seat belt and child restraint use account for the majority of fatal crashes in Louisiana every year. There is never a good reason for an impaired person to get behind the wheel of an automobile.

While seat belt and child restraint use is on the rise in Louisiana, there is still a lot of work to be done. Troopers will continue to aggressively enforce Louisiana’s passenger restraint laws and DWI laws to ensure the public’s safety.

In addition, Louisiana State Police Troop A serves as a grant-funded Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Fitting Station, where Troopers inspect and install car seats for individuals at no charge. The Troopers are Certified CPS Technicians through the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program.

This program is run by the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Troopers at Troop A are available to inspect and install child safety seats on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Anyone needing assistance with the inspection or installation of a car seat is encouraged to come in and meet with a CPS Technician. There are also programs available to those individuals who may not be able to afford a child safety seat.

Missing 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl found safe near home

A 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl who was reported missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning is safe and at home as of 11 a.m., according to the Louisiana State Police.

Employees with the KCS railroad found Meagan Makaylee Eldridge behind a New Llano restaurant. She and her dog were found about 2 miles from her home and appears to be in good condition.

Authorities suspect she wandered away from her home, but the investigation is ongoing.

The girl’s mother said she had put the girl to bed at 2 a.m.

Funeral services for Country Day school education set for Monday, April 26

By EverythingCenla staff

Memorial services for Cynthia Rose Cook Golmon, 64,  will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, April 26 , at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria with Dr. B. David Brooks officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria.

Mrs. Golmon, 64, of Pineville passed away Thursday, April 22.

She was a lifetime Louisiana resident and educator with over 40 years experience recognized as the Louisiana Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1993-1994. She was a fearless warrior for Christ who laid down her life for all those she encountered to the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Taylor Cook and Laverne Cooper Cook.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Lee Golmon; daughter Stephanie Golmon Williams and husband, Michael Williams; son Richard Taylor Golmon and wife, Mollie Maricle Golmon. She was the proud grandmother of Whitney Rose Williams, Emilye Grace Williams, McKayla Saucier, and Kennedy Lola Golmon.

Memorials may be made to the Cynthia Rose Golmon Memorial Scholarship Fund, 5011 Jackson Street Extension, Alexandria, LA 71303.

Golman was killed in a three-vehicle crash about 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 49 south, just south of the Purple Heart Bridge, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

According to witnesses, Golmon was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima, when it left the Purple Heart Bridge headed to I-49 South. Instead of merging with traffic, Golmon’s vehicle turned left onto the interstate as if she was turning left at an intersection.

A 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Alyson Pharr, 42, of Lafayette, broadsided Golmon’s vehicle as it turned left. At that point  Patrick U. Smith, 30, of Poplarville, Miss., who was driving a 2003 Peterbilt, 18-wheeler, slammed the truck’s brakes to avoid the crash. The truck hit the rear of Pharr’s Chevrolet causing it to spin around.

Golmon had to be extricated from her vehicle. Acadian Ambulance took her to Rapides Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m. McKyla Saucier, 5, a passenger in Golmon’s Nissan was taken to Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Acadian Ambulance also took Pharr to Cabrini, where she was treated for moderate injuries. Smith was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Routine blood toxicology tests are being conducted on all three of the drivers.

The crash remains under investigation.

Ferriday man killed in Friday morning crash

Early Friday, April 9, a single vehicle crash killed one man and injured a woman, according to the Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Troopers responded to the crash around 2:10 a.m. on Louisiana Highway   568 at Lakeshore Dr. in Concordia Parish.

The crash involved a 2009 Dodge pickup, driven by Ray G. Pitts, 46. The Dodge was west bound on LA Hwy 568 when Pitts lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the right side of the roadway, the Dodge reentered LA Hwy 568 and exited the left side before overturning.

Pitts was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. He was transported to Riverland Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m. His only passenger, Breezy L. Keith, 31, of Ferriday was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. She received moderate injuries and was transported to Riverland Medical Center.

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

Troop E Troopers have investigated 18 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 20 fatalities.

UPDATE: DWI arrest made in two-vehicle accident

By EverythingCenla staff

Damien McNally, 28, 5204 Robinson Dr., has been charged with DWI 1st offense, failure to maintain control, vehicular negigent injuring and driving with a suspended license following a two-vehicle accident on the morning of Friday, March 26, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on Bayou Rapides Road in front of Rosewood Apartments.

According to the accident report, McNally was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan west when it left the roadway to the right, traveling about 125 feet, turning counter clockwise, traveling another 196 feet before crashing into the passenger side a 2003 Ford Taurus in the east bound lane of the highway. The Taurus, driven by Courtney Lowe, 21, 4051 Bayou Rapides Road, Apt. 601, hit the ditch, with the van landing on top of it.

Witnesses reported following the accident, McNally got out of the van and sat on the ground while a passenger remained in the vehicle. Lowe climbed out of her vehicle. At least one witness said McNally allegedly had beer cans in his vehicle.

Acadian Ambulance took McNally to Christus  St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. McNally told officers he didn’t remember the crash. The last  thing he remembered, according to the report, was “adjusting the radio.”

The  Louisiana State Police, Alexandria Fire Department, and Alexandria Police Department responded to the scene.  Acadian Ambulance took the injured to the hospital.