Impairment suspected in Lincoln Parish fatal crash

Published 2:10 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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Grambling – Earlier today, shortly before 5:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-20, just west of Grambling. This crash claimed the life of 32-year-old Braulio Huerta of Ruston.
The initial investigation revealed a 2021 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Huerta, was traveling eastbound in the inside westbound lane of I-20. An 18-wheeler that was traveling westbound observed the Toyota and took evasive action to avoid contact, but was unsuccessful. The Toyota struck the rear axle of the trailer in a head-on manner.
Huerta, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was properly restrained, was not injured in the crash.
This crash remains under investigation. Impairment on the part of Huerta is suspected and toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated 32 fatal crashes resulting in 39 deaths.