Around midday on Sunday, a crash involving two vehicles injured a woman from Pineville, LA. She was not wearing a seat belt and later died from those injuries.
Troopers responded to the crash around 12:20 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 116 at Rifle Range Road. The crash involved a 2001 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Kayla L. Rachal (W/F 58 yrs) of Pineville and a 2016 Nissan Rogue, driven by Clarice Coutee (W/F 32 yrs) of Pineville. The Chevrolet was stopped on the eastbound shoulder of LA Hwy 116, prior to the crash. The Nissan was eastbound on LA Hwy 116, approaching the intersection of Rifle Range Road and the location of the Chevrolet. As the Nissan approached the Chevrolet, Rachal attempted to make a U-turn onto LA Hwy 116. This action placed the Chevrolet in the direct travel path of the Nissan, resulting in a collision.
Rachal was initially transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center with moderate injuries. She was pronounced dead last night around 9:30 p.m., at the hospital.
Coutee was wearing her seat belt. She was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center with minor injuries.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!” Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.
In 2018, Troop E has investigated 23 fatal crashes resulting in 23 deaths