By Michael Addison - email
near MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) - State Police are mourning the loss of one of their own after a crash on Highway 171 near Moss Bluff.
State Police overnight released the trooper's name. He's 39-year-old Duane Dalton. He'd been with State Police since 1995.
At the time of the crash he was working as a patrol trooper.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, State Police say Dalton was heading south on HWY 171, when his unit was hit by a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Debra Bourque.
She was eastbound on Gloria Lane, when troopers say she proceeded into Trooper Dalton's path. The impact forced his unit into a ditch, where it hit a culvert.
Dalton was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, and Bourque walked away unhurt.
Troopers say both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and that a blood test confirmed Bourque did not have anything to drink.
The results of further toxicology tests are pending and so are charges, as the investigation continues.
In the history of the Louisiana State Police, Dalton is the 25th trooper to be killed in the line of duty.
He is survived by a wife and three sons.
*Funeral arrangements have now been set for Trooper Dalton. The visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Lake Street in Lake Charles from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Friday January 15.
The procession will be moved to Trinity Baptist Church on Country Club Road in Lake Charles at 9:00 am Saturday, January 16, where visitation will begin at 10:00 am.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church. Burial will be at Consolata Cemetery on Country Club Road.
*Louisiana Trooper Charities, the charitable arm of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, has established the Trooper Duane Dalton Children's Education Fund to benefit the three sons of the fallen trooper. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so at any Chase Bank.
Louisiana Trooper Charities
Trooper Duane Dalton Children's Education Fund
Account Number 857998694