Unrestrained Driver and Passenger Killed in DeSoto Crash

On September 9, 2020, around 4:45 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a twovehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 765 near Marshall Road. This crash claimed the lives of two women from Texas.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 International tractor-trailer was stopped in the northbound travel lane of Louisiana Highway 765 preparing to make a right turn. At the same time, a 2017 Jeep SUV, driven by 27- year-old Julia Patton of Carthage, Texas, was traveling northbound on Louisiana Highway 765 approaching the stopped tractor-trailer. For reasons still under investigation, Patton failed to stop and struck the trailer’s rear bumper.

Patton and her front-seat passenger, identified as 18-year-old Jaylie Gray of Galveston, Texas, were unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries. A third passenger in Patton’s vehicle, who was also unrestrained, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.



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