POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:34pm
Denham Springs, La — Denham Springs Officers are continuing to investigate a fatal accident that occurred on Tate Road shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 that began with a reported theft.
The incident began when two separate thefts were reported to police, both occurring at Wal-Mart. Officers in route to the call were given the description of a suspect vehicle involved in a shoplifting, a green Ford SUV.
A responding officer passed the suspect vehicle traveling the opposite direction on Tate Rd. While the officer was turning around witnesses stated the driver began accelerating and passing other vehicles. When the officer reached the suspect’s location the vehicle was found crashed. The suspect vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned.
The Livingston Parish Coroner’s office pronounced the driver dead on the scene. The driver was identified as Sonya Turner, 40, from Walker, LA. A passenger in the vehicle was transported to OLOL Hospital. The extent of the passenger’s injuries is not available at this time.
Police are asking that any drivers who may have been on Tate Road during this incident contact Detective Lemoine or Corporal Perkins at the Denham Springs Police Department, 225-665-5106.