Elderly woman killed in head-on collision; other driver to face charges after hospital release

Elderly woman killed in head-on collision; other driver to face charges after hospital release
Source: Louisiana State Police

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - An elderly woman was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon in Tangipahoa Parish involving three vehicles and one of the other drivers will be arrested once he is released from the hospital, according to authorities.

Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Ruby Core, 71, of Ponchatoula. Troopers reported Cameron Crawford, 27, also of Ponchatoula, will face negligent homicide and another charge when he recovers.

Sr. Tpr. Dustin Dwight with LSP Troop L said the crash happened on LA 445 near Champ Cooper Elementary School in Ponchatoula around 2 p.m.

According to Dwight, the investigation up to this point shows Crawford was headed south on LA 445 in a 2003 Ford F-150 when the truck crossed the center line and went completely into the opposite lane.

Dwight explained Crawford's truck veered right into the path of a 2016 Ford F-150. He added the driver of the second truck swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the collision, but Crawford's truck side-swiped it. According to Dwight, Crawford's F-150 continued south in the northbound lane and then collided head-on with Core's 2005 Toyota Corolla.

Authorities reported Core was taken to North Oaks Medical Center where she later died from her injuries. They also said Crawford was also taken to North Oaks for treatment and once his condition stabilized, he was sent to University Medical Center in New Orleans. They added the other driver was not injured and was immediately taken to the Southeastern Police Department, where he submitted to a chemical test, which indicated he had not been drinking. He was not charged.

Dwight said blood samples were taken from Crawford and Core. He added those samples were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

He also said Crawford will be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of negligent homicide and driving left of center once he is well enough to leave the hospital.

He added all of the drivers were properly buckled up at the time of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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