An Opelousas woman died and her child was injured Wednesday morning after the woman lost control of her car and crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle.
The St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office around 8 a.m. pronounced Jeri Ceasar, 30, dead at the scene on La. 749 near Mahogany Drive, according to State Police.
Neither Ceasar nor her child were wearing seatbelts. The child was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Ceasar lost control of her 2008 Toyota Camry, crossed the centerline of the highway and crashed head-on into a 2002 Nissan commercial box truck driven by Kim Brown, 63, of Metairie, State Police said. Brown and his passenger were wearing seat belts in the crash and were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
“At the time of the crash it was raining, but there was no standing water on the roadway,” State Police spokesman Brooks David said. “An inspection of Ceasar’s vehicle revealed the rear tires had no tire tread.”
Impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but police took toxicology samples from both drivers. The crash remains under investigation.