DeSoto Grieves the Loss of Deputy Donna Richardson-Below

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DeSoto Grieves the Loss of Deputy Donna Richardson-Below

On February 12, 2020, just before 8:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 84 west of Louisiana Highway 3248. This crash claimed the life of a 43-year-old DeSoto Parish Deputy Donna Richardson-Below.

The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Jeep Cherokee, driven by 33-year-old Richard Wimer of Stonewall, was entering a curve while traveling east on U.S. Highway 84. At the same time, an unmarked DeSoto Parish Sherriff ’s Office’s Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Deputy Richardson-Below, was traveling west on U.S. Highway 84. For reasons still under investigation, Wimer lost control of his vehicle and crossed a double yellow line which resulted in the collision with the Deputy’s vehicle. Deputy Richardson-Below, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Wimer, who was unrestrained, received moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.


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