29-year-old killed in fatal crash

Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 11:13 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 10:16 AM CDT
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JEFF DAVIS PARISH, La. (KPLC) - One driver died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 and Hillias Road in Jeff Davis Parish. It happened on Sept. 17, shortly before 8:15 p.m.

Trooper First Class Derek Senegal, spokesman for Troop D of Louisiana State Police, said the two vehicles collided head-on after one vehicle crossed the center line. 29-year-old Chelsey Benoit of Jennings was killed in the crash.

Troopers said their initial investigation revealed a 2014 GMC pickup truck, driven by 65-year-old Jeffery L. Meche of Jennings, was traveling north on LA 26. At the same time, a 2006 GMC Envoy (SUV), driven by Benoit, was traveling south on LA 26. For unknown reasons, Meche crossed into the southbound lane of travel and struck the SUV head-on.

Benoit, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Meche was also not wearing a seatbelt and sustained moderate injuries; he was transported by air ambulance to a Lafayette area hospital for treatment.

A toxicology sample was obtained from Benoit and will be submitted for analysis. A toxicology sample from Meche is pending.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, Senegal said.

This crash remains under investigation.