2 vehicle crash kills DeSoto woman but child in car slightly injured

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On Tuesday, Dec. 6, just before 8 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on US Hwy. 171 at Hudson Darby Road. 

This crash claimed the life of 28-year-old Jessica Farris, who was not restrained.

The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Farris, was traveling north on US Hwy. 171. At the same time, a 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer was also traveling north on US Hwy 171 in front of Farris. For reasons still under investigation, Farris struck the rear of the Kenworth tractor-trailer.

Farris, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, where she was pronounced dead.

A 3-year-old female passenger who was in a child safety seat was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Kenworth was not injured in the crash.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Buckling up is the most effective way be protected during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.  In 2022, Troop G has investigated 33 fatal crashes, resulting in 36 deaths.