A fourteen year old girl, Dericka Wallace from Folsom, was killed Saturday morning, August 6 in a collision on Highway 10 near the intersection of Jimi Thomas Road. The teen-ager was a back seat passenger in a vehicle being driven by her sister, Earniesha C. Lott, 25, a resident of Thomas Cyprian Road in Folsom.
The eastbound vehicle being driven by Lott apparently was attempting to pass another vehicle by crossing a double yellow line when the crash occurred with an oncoming westbound vehicle, then involving a third vehicle which was also westbound. The teen-ager, who was unrestrained in the back seat, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Two other children in the vehicle were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Drivers and passengers in the other vehicles sustained minor injuries.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the wreck scene and summoned Louisiana State Police since the accident was on a state highway. A State Police trooper worked the accident, then arrested Lott and transported her to the Washington Parish Jail. At the jail, Lott passed a breathalyzer test and was booked into the jail on the following charges:
- Negligent homicide
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- Driving with a suspended license
- Being a fugitive from the Kenner Police Department on a theft charge
Lott is being held in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond set at this time.
Sheriff Randy Seal cautioned all drivers who travel on Highway 10 and elsewhere in the parish. “Highway 10 east and west of Franklinton is a hazardous highway with many hills and curves. The two or three mile section of highway between Choctaw Road and Poplar Head Road is particularly hazardous. Almost all of the highway is a no passing zone and I advise all drivers to recognize the danger of this stretch of road, obey all traffic regulations, and drive with caution at all times. In this past, there have been numerous fatalities on this stretch of road, with Saturday’s tragedy being the latest.”
Sheriff Seal continued, “It is not unusual to see drivers speeding and ignoring no passing zones on this highway and other parish roads. This must stop! Speeding and reckless driving will, at the most, cut driving time by less than a minute, and it is not worth one minute for any lives to be lost. If you see Sheriff’s Office vehicles patrolling Highway 10 and other areas, it is for this reason, so do not complain to me if one of our deputies issues you a ticket for careless driving or speeding on Highway 10 or any other road in our parish. A traffic ticket generates only about seven dollars for the Sheriff’s Office. It costs us more than that in officer time and other expenses to issue a ticket. Remember, we do not issue tickets to fund the Sheriff’s Office. We issue tickets in an effort to save lives.”