A 19-year-old Deville woman lost her life in a four-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Livingston Parish.
Michael Farris, 58, of Denham Springs, was driving northbound on La. 16 south of La. 63 shortly before 1 p.m. when he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes, sideswiping two vehicles and hitting another head-on, a Louisiana State Police news release says.
Farris, driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup, sideswiped a 1998 Chevrolet pickup driven by 62-year-old Perry Hartner, of Greensburg, and a 2014 Nissan Maxima driven by 29-year-old Daniel Rickards, of Denham Springs, the release says.
Farris then hit Miranda Roberts, 19, head-on in a 1998 BMW 323, State Police said.
Roberts was unrestrained at the time, and she suffered fatal injuries during the crash, the release says. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.
Farris and Rickards, properly restrained, received minor injuries, and Hartner, also restrained, received none.
Police found Farris impaired during the investigation, and a toxicology sample was taken from both Farris and Roberts to be analyzed at the crime lab, the release says.
Police gave both Hartner and Rickards chemical breath tests and found no signs of impairment, the release says.
Farris was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a count of DWI, reckless operation, negligent homicide and negligent injuring.