Area basketball player killed in crash

A college student from Homer was killed Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Claiborne Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. 

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. on Louisiana Hwy. 534 near Union Grove Road, claiming the life of Jordan Shelton, 20, a women’s basketball player at Southern Arkansas University Tech. 

According to state police, Shelton was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro northbound on LA 534 just west of Homer. For reasons still under investigation, Shelton ran off the road and over-corrected. As a result, the Chevrolet traveled back across the highway, entered a ditch, and struck a tree.

Shelton, who was not restrained, was transported to Claiborne Memorial Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.

State police said an unrestrained passenger in the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment of 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. Shelton, a graduate of Homer High School, was a student athlete at Southern Arkansas University Tech. The school issued the following statement Tuesday: 

“With great sadness and heartbreak, Southern Arkansas University Tech learned of the loss of one of its beloved Lady Rocket Basketball players today. Jordan Shelton, number 12 on the 2021-2022 Lady Rockets Team, made friends on and off the court as she was a good friend, an outstanding student, and a solid member of the team. Her reliable playing talent helped the Lady Rockets to a regional title this year for the NJCAA Region 2 Division 2 Conference. Jordan was also recognized as a two-time All-Region Player by the NJCAA.”

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