One dies, three injured in collision

Staff reports
State Troopers and Ascension Sheriff’s Deputies inspect two of three vehicles involved in an accident occurring near mile marker 187. Derek Crofton, driver of Dodge Avenger involved in the accident, waits for an officer to bring him to Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and a flight home to Houston. The vehicles were removed by Carter’s Towing in Gonzales and Kerek's Towing in Sorrento.

A  Colfax woman died in a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 10 east of Hwy. 61, Louisiana State Police spokesperson Trooper Russell Graham said in a release.

Trooper investigation of the accident revealed that Kellie Wilson, 27, of Metairie, was driving a 2006 Acura west on the Interstate when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed the median, entering the left eastbound lane, Graham said.

The Acura struck a 2007 Ford van that was traveling east on I-10 in the left eastbound lane and pushed it into a 2010 Dodge Avenger traveling east on I-10 in the right eastbound lane.

Wilson sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

The driver of the Ford van, Ross Goodrich, 53, of Montgomery, Ala., and both of his passengers, Ola Williams, 65, of Colfax, and Bonnie Goodrich, 48, of Montgomery, sustained injuries and were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, Graham said.

Williams later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by the hospital medical staff.

The driver of the Dodge Avenger, Derek Crofton, 53, of Houston, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene, according to Graham.

Troopers do not suspect alcohol to have been a factor in the crash, though blood samples from Kellie Wilson and Ross Goodrich have been submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.  Crofton voluntarily submitted a breath sample and was determined to have no detectable alcohol in his system, Graham said.

The crash remains under investigation and charges may be forthcoming, according to police.