LA Man Joseph Lee Willis ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Mamou Fatal Crash

EVANGELINE PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — Joseph Lee Willis of Ville Platte, Louisiana, has been identified as the victim in a fatal two-vehicle crash in Evangeline Parish Wednesday morning.

Willis, 31, was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a big-rig near Mamou Wednesday morning.

According to reports, Willis was operating a Chevrolet Sonic on State Hwy 13 near Gilbert Street, in Mamou, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes around 6 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle came into head-on contact with a Peterbilt 18-wheeler.

Willis, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

The driver of the Peterbilt was uninjured in the violent crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Go quick facts: Evangeline Parish is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,984. The parish seat is Ville Platte – Wikipedia.

LA Man Tarvis Coates ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck New In Iberia Thursday Night

IBERIA PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — Tarvis Coates, of Lafayette, Louisiana, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck Thursday night in Iberia Parish.

Coates, 27, was killed after being struck by a vehicle in New Iberia Thursday night.

According to officials, Coates was on-foot in the area of LA-14 and Leleux Road in New Iberia around around 8:50 pm Thursday, when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with arriving police.

Coates was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Troopers say impairment is not suspected.

Toxicology samples were collected from both the victim and the driver.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured in the crash.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Coates:

The investigation into the cause of the deadly collision remains open.


Geo quick facts: New Iberia is the largest city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located 21 miles southeast of Lafayette. In 1900, 6,815 people lived in New Iberia; in 1910, 7,499; and in 1940, 13,747 – Wikipedia.

MO Man Bobby Spears ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Night Jackson Fatal Crash

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Bobby Spears, of Oak Ridge, Missouri, has been identified as the victim in a Wednesday night single-vehicle pickup truck crash in Cape Girardeau County.

Spears, 21, was killed in in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Jackson.

According to officials, Emergency crews responded to Larch Lane near Route FF, on reports of a vehicle crash around 8:22 p.m. Wednesday.

Police later determined that a 17-year-old was operating a pickup truck on Larch Lane, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway.

The vehicle then rolled over multiple times.

Spears, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Two other passengers were hurt in the crash. A 16-year-old Jackson girl was rushed to a Cape Girardeau hospital with serious injuries. Kyle J. Hamlin, 19 of Patton received minor injuries. He refused treatment, reports KFVS.

An ambulance transported the unidentified driver to a Cape Girardeau hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

MSHP reports that no one in the truck was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the violent crash.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Spears:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Cape Girardeau County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Missouri; its eastern border is formed by the Mississippi River. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 75,674. The county seat is Jackson, the first city in the US to be named in honor of President Andrew Jackson – Wikipedia.

LA Woman Medford Auguste ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck Saturday Night In LaPlace

LAPLACE, LA. (THECOUNT) — Medford Auguste, of LaPlace, Louisiana, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck in a hit-and-run in LaPlace overnight.

‘Mama Pete’ Auguste, 72, was killed Saturday night as she attempted to cross Airline Highway, according to Louisiana State Police. The driver then fled the scene.

According to police, Auguste was on-foot in the area of East Airline Highway and Windsor Street, when she was struck and killed around 8 p.m. Saturday by a hit-and-run driver operating a Dodge Ram pickup truck. That driver was later apprehended and identified as 47-year-old Lobo Santos.

Auguste was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

It is unknown if Auguste was impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology tests are pending.

Santos was booked into the St. John Corrections Center for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Driver’s License and Hit and Run. Impairment is also suspected to be a factor on part of Santos and charges may be forthcoming, reports Fox8.

The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: LaPlace is a census-designated place in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States, situated along the east bank of the Mississippi River, in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The population was 32,134 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.

LA Teen Saharold Holmes ID’d As Victim In Sunday Fatal Thibodaux Double-Shooting

THIBODAUX, LA. (THECOUNT) — Saharold Holmes, of Thibodaux, LA, has been identified as the victim of a deadly shooting Sunday, according to officials.

Thibodaux, 19, was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound in a field near the 400 block of Abby Road, in Thibodaux, LA after 2 a.m.

Police arrived to the scene on reports of shots fired and located a vehicle riddled with bullets.

Thibodaux was located in a nearby field suffering from gunshot injuries.

Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.

Deputies also made contact with a second shooting victim. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was reported to be in critical condition, reports WBRZ. That victim’s name was not provided by officials.

Through the investigation, authorities learned two other men were in the car at the time of the shooting.

Those men were taken into custody for questioning.

Detectives don’t believe the shooting was a random act of violence.

The investigation is ongoing.


Geo quick facts: Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. The population was 14,567 at the 2010 census. Thibodaux is a principal city of the Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

LA Man Bryce Sheffield ID’d As Victim Found Dead Inside Baton Rouge Vehicle Monday Afternoon

BATON ROUGE, LA. (THECOUNT) — Bryce Sheffield has been identified as the victim found deceased inside a vehicle in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon.

The body of Sheffield, 27, was located inside a vehicle parked on East Drive, in Baton Rouge, near Government Street late Monday afternoon.

Baton Rouge police say they discovered the victim deceased around 4 p.m. Monday in the Baton Rouge Mid-City neighborhood.

Officials say Sheffield’s body did not show any obvious signs of trauma.

A toxicology test is pending, reports WBRZ.

Officers spent the afternoon combing the area for evidence.

Sheffield’s cause of death is pending autopsy.


Geo quick facts: Baton Rouge is a city on the Mississippi River, and the capital of Louisiana. Antebellum landmarks include the castle-like Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole house. LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of refurbished buildings illustrating 18th- and 19th-century life. On the river, the USS Kidd is a retired WWII destroyer that is now a museum – wikipedia.

LA Woman Na’Toyedre Barrow ID’d As Full-Term Pregnant Victim Found Shot Dead In Minden Wednesday Morning

MINDEN, LA. (THECOUNT) — Na’Toyedre Barrow, of Springhill, Louisiana, has been identified as the pregnant woman fatally shot at a Minden, LA, apartment complex early Wednesday morning. She was eight months pregnant.

Barrow, 19, who according to Facebook lives in Arlington, Texas, was found dead at an apartment in the 800 block of Carolina Street in Minden, according to Minden Police Chief Steven Cropper.

Barrow’s body was found laying on the couch in a pool of blood.

Police say that the shots were fired from outside the building. Three other individuals were occupying the dwelling when shots rang out.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses at this time and working to identify suspects, reports KSLA.

At least six gunshots were fired from outside.

Investigators say that they don’t believe Barrow was the target; however, she was “at the wrong place at the wrong time,” according to officials.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident should contact police at 911.


Geo quick facts: The small city of Minden is the parish seat of Webster Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,027 – Wikipedia.

LA Woman Shanette Carter ID’d As Ringgold “Stray Bullet” Victim Found Dead On Couch By 5-Year-Old Saturday

SHREVEPORT, LA. (THECOUNT) — Shanette Carter, from Gibsland, Louisiana, has been identified as the Ringgold victim killed at home by a stray bullet Saturday night.

Carter, 31, was discovered shot in the back by authorities who were called to a report of shots fired around 7:45 p.m. at the Bienville One apartments, located at, 2000 Military Rd, in Ringgold, LA.

According to the Bienville Parish Sheriff, a fight in the parking lot of the complex led to a shooting where the victim’s 5-year-old daughter found her mother seated on the living room couch suffering from a gunshot wound.

Carter was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child came out of the apartment to notify neighbors that her mother was asleep and wouldn’t wake up. When the neighbors went to check, they realized she was deceased. Continue reading

LA Pedestrian Struck And Killed In Prairieville Sunday Night Identified As Roland Carcisse

BATON ROUGE, LA. (THECOUNT) — Roland Carcisse Jr., of Geismar, LA, has been identified as the pedestrian struck while standing on US-61 Sunday evening, according to investigators.

Carcisse, 28, was hit by a vehicle on US 61 near LA-73 in Prairieville around 8:30 p.m., reports the Louisiana State Police.

Carcisse was transported to a Baton Rouge area hospital where he later died.

Sgt. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the investigation so far shows the driver of a 2009 Ford Focus changed from the right lane to the left lane to pass another vehicle and hit Carcisse, who was standing in the roadway. Continue reading

LA Man ID’d As Victim In Saturday Fatal Winn Parish Crash

WINN PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — Aaron VonSenden has been identified as the victim killed in a Saturday evening Winn Parish, LA, crash.

VonSenden died following a crash on Highway 84 a little after 5 o’clock Saturday evening.

Police say Aaron VonSendon [sic] was driving east when he lost control, crossed the center line, and collided head-on with a pick-up truck driven by Thad Thornhill. Continue reading