OPELOUSAS, LA (KPLC) - Press Release from Louisiana State Police:
This morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 31 south of LA Highway 742 which claimed the life of an Opelousas Police Officer.
According to investigating Troopers, at 4:45 a.m., 50-year-old Assistant Warden Peggy Sylvester of Opelousas, was driving a 2007 Ford Expedition Opelousas Police unit north on LA Highway 31. Assistant Warden Sylvester, who was on-duty, was passing a car when she lost control of her unit and traveled off the left side of the road. Her unit traveled through a ditch and struck a tree. Assistant Warden Sylvester was not wearing a seat belt was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner. Troopers indicated it was raining when the crash occurred.
Troopers do not suspect impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.