UPDATE: The identity of the deceased driver has been confirmed to be 37yo Gary Wells of Monroe, LA. The other driver has been identified as 38yo Robert Porter of Monroe, LA. Charges are pending on Porter following his release from the hospital.
On 12/2/13 at approximately 5:38p, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a two car crash on Richwood Rd No. 2 at the intersection of HWY 165 in Monroe, LA. The preliminary investigation revealed both vehicles were traveling eastbound on Richwood Rd No. 2 when one vehicle struck the other from behind at a high rate of speed causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames. The Ouachita Parish Fire Department extinguished the flames.
It is believed each vehicle was occupied by a single driver. One of the drivers was transported to Glenwood Hospital with moderate injuries. The second driver perished at the scene as a result of the crash.
The investigation is still ongoing with charges pending against the remaining driver with alcohol suspected as a factor. Names of the persons involved will be released at a later time pending confirmation and notification of family members.