(3/16/19) Around 2:40 p.m. Friday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle crash on LA 605 at milepost 11 that claimed the life of a Monroe woman.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2010 Chevrolet pick-up driven by 58-year-old Michael Lane Baker of Newellton was traveling south on LA 605. The vehicle left the road, hit a driveway embankment and rolled over several times. Baker was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.
He was taken to University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi with life threatening injuries. The passenger, 49-year-old Pamela Towns of Monroe, was also unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tensas Parish Coroner’s office.
Alcohol and lack of seat belt usage are suspected factors in this deadly crash. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that always wearing a seat belt, avoiding all distractions, obeying the posted speed limit, avoiding fatigued driving, and not driving while impaired can often mean the difference between life and death.
In 2019, Troop F has investigated nine fatal crashes resulting in ten deaths.