Two-vehicle crash involving CPSO deputy in Starks leaves one dead

Two people died after a crash in Owatonna, Minn., late Thursday morning.
Two people died after a crash in Owatonna, Minn., late Thursday morning.(AP)
Updated: May. 16, 2020 at 11:40 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A crash involving a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol unit at the intersection of LA 12 and LA 109 in Starks left one person dead early Saturday morning.

The CPSO vehicle, a 2017 Ford Explorer, was traveling east on LA 12 when the driver of a 2007 Ford pickup truck traveling south on LA 109 failed to yield at a stop sign and entered the intersection resulting in a crash, Trooper Derek Senegal said.

Paula R. Breaux Ortego, 54, was identified as the driver of the pickup truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy was on-duty and was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, Senegal said.

Routine toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and will be analyzed. The crash remains under investigation.

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