One Driver Killed, One Injured in Head-On Crash in St. Landry Parish

Published 6:09 am Friday, December 3, 2021

St. Landry – Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on December 2, 2021, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 71, south of Louisiana Highway 107, in St. Landry Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 61-year-old Debra A. Wunstel of Alexandria.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2019 Toyota Camry, driven by Rachel Gremillion, was traveling south on US 71. At the same time, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Wunstel was traveling North on US 71. For reasons still under investigation, Gremillion’s Camry crossed the center line and struck the Cobalt head-on in the northbound lane of travel.
Troopers determined, both, Gremillion and Wunstel were restrained at the time of the crash. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital in critical condition where Wunstel ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 56 fatal crashes resulting in 67 deaths since the beginning of 2020.