A Louisiana woman sitting in her stopped car on a state highway died Friday after being hit by a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a call, according to a release from the Louisiana State Police.
An initial investigation revealed that a 2004 Saturn Ion, driven by Christinia Estave, 33, was stopped in the left lane of LA 16 southbound for “unknown reasons,” according to police.
“A Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy was driving south in the left lane of LA 16 in a fully marked 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe while responding to a call of service and struck the rear of the stopped vehicle,” the release said.
Estave, who was unrestrained, was taken to a hospital where she died, police said.
The deputy who was involved in the crash was also not restrained when the crash took place, police said, and sustained minor injuries.
“While the deputy is not suspected of being impaired, a toxicology sample was collected from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis,” police said. “This crash remains under investigation.”
The crash took place east of Baton Rouge.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard issued a statement on Facebook regarding the incident, in which he said he is concerned about the deputy not being restrained at the time and will address it.
“My thoughts & prayers are with the families of all those involved,” the post said. “Please know that we are fully cooperating with Louisiana State Police in its ongoing investigation. As we all await more details, I have been made aware that the deputy was unrestrained. That is a concern for me & will be addressed.”