A Leesville woman was killed Thursday night when the SUV she was riding in struck two timber trucks, with a log on one of them striking her on impact.

According to State Police Troop D, three-vehicle accident happened on US 171 just after 7 p.m. about two miles north of its intersection with US 190.

A 2010 Mercury Mariner SUV driven by 40-year-old George Gainer, Jr. of Leesville was
traveling south on US 171 in the left lane, approaching two log trucks from behind that were
preparing to make a left turn. The driver of the rear log truck recognized the SUV was not
slowing down and moved to the right shoulder.

Gainer’s SUV struck the rear of the log truck in the left lane, then veered to the right and struck the log truck that had moved to the shoulder.

During the crash, a log penetrated the passenger compartment of the SUV and struck the front seat passenger, 24-year-old Ashley Lynn Sutton of Leesville. She died as a result of her

No one else, including two other passengers in the SUV, was seriously injured. All vehicle
occupants were wearing a seat belt.

Routine toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis.
Gainer was charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle. The crash remains under