Ouachita Parish – On Friday, January 28, 2022, just before 7:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 840-1 at the intersection of Smith Street. This crash claimed the life of 45-year-old Kelly Lewis, who was unrestrained.
The initial investigation revealed a 2015 Chevrolet Cruz, driven by 30-year-old Brandon Link, of West Monroe, was traveling west on LA Hwy 840-1. At the same time, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, driven by Lewis was traveling east on LA Hwy 840-1. For reasons still under investigation, Link’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck the front of Lewis’ vehicle inside the eastbound lane.
Lewis, who was not wearing her seat belt, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Link, who was also unrestrained, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Link’s passenger, who was wearing their seat belt, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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.
This is the first fatality crash Troop F has investigated in 2022.