Louisiana State Police say an early Sunday morning single vehicle crash north of Opelousas on Highway 31 claimed the life of an Opelousas police officer. 

According to Trooper Stephen Hammons, a vehicle driven by 50 year old Assistant Warden Peggy Sylvester veered off the road and struck a tree.  Sylvester was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Impairment is not suspected but toxicology samples were taken.  Weather is suspected to have been a contributing factor.