Multi-vehicle crash claims life of Denham Springs woman

Multi-vehicle crash claims life of Denham Springs woman

POSTED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 12:34pm

Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a multiple-vehicle fatal crash last night on US 61 north of Barringer Foreman Road. The crash, which occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m., claimed the life of a Denham Springs woman and injured three others.

Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that Julie Hillman, 54, of Denham Springs was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy south on US 61 when she struck the rear of a 2000 International flatbed truck that was stopped at the intersection with Barringer Foreman Road. The truck was pushed forward into the northbound lanes, where it was struck by two additional vehicles, a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, and a 2010 Toyota Tundra. Hillman was pronounced deceased at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office. The other drivers involved in the crash sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash on Hillman’s part, but Troopers have submitted a sample of her blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.

Impairment was not suspected on the part of the three additional drivers, Steven Blackwell, 48, of Prairieville, Muhammad Salaaum, 64, of Baton Rouge, and Charles Schaffield, 59, of Baton Rouge. Blackwell and Schaffield both sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene by first responders. Salaaum was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Troopers urge motorists to remain cautious and alert at all times while driving. Troopers also remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use and the dangers of driving while impaired. Just following a few simple rules of the road can save lives. NEVER drive impaired, NEVER get into a vehicle with an impaired driver, NEVER allowed an impaired person to drive, and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.

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