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Opelousas Police Officer Dies In Single Vehicle Crash

LA State Police vehicle (photo by KPEL)
LA State Police vehicle (photo by KPEL)

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.

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