Thursday morning, just before 11:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on US Hwy 371, just north of US Hwy 71. This crash claimed the life of 56-year-old Constance Cole.
The initial investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Focus, driven by Cole was traveling south on US Hwy 371. For reasons still under investigation, Cole exited the roadway, struck a culvert, became airborne, then impacted the ground.
Cole, who was restrained, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2021, Troop G has investigated 33 fatal crashes, resulting in 35 deaths.
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