Avoyelles Parish – Early Saturday evening, Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal
crash on LA Highway 1 south of LA Highway 1192. This three-vehicle crash killed a woman from
The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. on
LA Highway 1. The crash involved a 2013 Ford F-150, driven by 32-year-old Lennie Lemonie, a
2017 Nissan Maxima, and a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado. All three-vehicles were northbound on LA
Highway 1. As the Silverado approached a private drive-way, the driver began slowing to conduct
a right-hand turn. The driver of the Maxima observed the Silverado slowing; therefore, she slowed
to allow the Silverado to make the turn. For reasons still under investigation, Lemonie failed to
slow down, which resulted in her vehicle striking the rear of the Maxima.
Lemonie and the driver of the Maxima sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local
hospital. A passenger in the Maxima, identified as 54-year-old Shirley A. Reed, sustained lifethreatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Toxicology tests were obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Although the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers would like to remind
the public that inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in
our state. Motorists need to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving.
More information on distracted driving may be found online at https://www.nhtsa.gov.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 21 fatal crashes in 2020, resulting in 23 fatalities.