GSU student dies in I-20 crash

A Wednesday afternoon traffic crash on Interstate 20 in Bienville Parish claimed the life of a 22-year-old Grambling State University student.

Just before 2 p.m., Louisiana State Police troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash on I-20 just east of the Ada/Taylor exit.

The initial investigation revealed a 2020 International tractor-trailer, driven by 48-year-old Shannon Carson, of Prosperity, South Carolina was traveling east on I-20. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jamarcea Washington, was traveling behind the International. An unrelated crash previously occurred just ahead of the vehicles, which caused traffic to slow. The tractor-trailer rig slowed as it approached the accident. For reasons still under investigation, Washington lost control of the Chevrolet and struck the rear of the trailer. After the impact, the Chevrolet exited the roadway into the ditch.

Sources told the Lincoln Parish Journal that Washington was a GSU student and member of famed Tiger Marching Band. Due to the loss of one of its members, the band will not be performing at the football game against Florida A&M this weekend.

At this time, Washington’s restraint use is unknown. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Carson was restrained and was not injured.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorists to be extra cautious when traveling during periods of heavy rainfall or other inclement weather. Motorists should ensure they have proper tire tread and drive at speeds below the posted speed limits to prevent “hydroplaning.” Always allow a greater following distance when driving on wet roads.


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