Ruston woman killed in Thanksgiving day crash

A Ruston woman was killed in a single vehicle crash about 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 25 on U.S. Highway 167 north of Dodson.The initial investigation by Louisiana State Police revealed a 2004 Mazda 3, driven by Zaria L. Griffith, 23, of Ruston, was traveling south on U.S. 167. For reasons still under investigation, Griffith’s vehicle traveled off of the roadway and struck a tree. Griffith, who was restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene. Griffith’s two passengers, who were also restrained, sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.

Griffith, a native of Chicago, IL, was a Grambling State biology major, Senior Associate Justice in the Student Government Association, and a student ambassador for the university.