Toddler properly restrained in child safety seat survives crash, unrestrained Elmer woman killed


A single vehicle crash Nov. 7 killed a woman from Elmer who was not wearing a seat belt.  A toddler, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, survived and sustained only minor injuries.

Troopers responded to the crash around 2 p.m. on LA Hwy 488, at Castor Plunge Road.  The crash involved a 2009 Mazda, driven by Kelsey A. Broussard, 23, of Alexandria.  The Mazda was eastbound on LA Hwy 488 when Broussard lost control and exited the right side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle traveled down an embankment and began overturning.

Broussard was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.  Broussard’s only adult passenger, identified as Brooke Deville, 25, was pronounced dead.  Broussard and the toddler were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

Troop E Troopers have investigated 37 fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in 41 fatalities.