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Crash in Ascension Parish kills Geismer woman

Staff Report

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on October 23, 2020, Louisiana State Police Troop A was notified of a two-vehicle crash on LA Highway 431 near Valentine Road in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Chaise N. Curtis of Geismer.

Louisiana State Police

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Honda Civic, being driven by Curtis, was traveling south on LA 431.  At the same time, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling north on LA 431.  For reasons still under investigation, Curtis lost control of the Civic and crossed the center line.  She struck the pickup in the northbound lane of travel then continued down an embankment where the Civic came to a stop off the roadway.

Due to the severity of the crash, Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene, despite wearing her seat belt. The driver of the pickup was properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup submitted a breath sample which indicated no alcohol present and displayed no signs of impairment. A toxicology sample was taken from Curtis and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel.  Distractions, impairment, carelessness, and lack of restraint continue to be factors in preventable crashes.  Please, take a moment and speak to your loved ones about the importance of safe decisions while driving.  The conversation you have today could be the difference tomorrow.