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I-10 crash leaves one dead; Troopers say driver was impaired

Posted at 3:14 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 14:58:05-04

A Texas woman is accused of driving drunk in a Sunday crash that left a man dead.

Sandy Deleon
Courtesy Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Sandy N. Deleon, 25, of McAllen, was booked with DWI first offense, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, careless operation, and driving under suspension. She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Additional charges are possible, troopers say.

The incident happened about 3:45 a.m. Sunday, when troopers were called to a crash on Interstate 10 about five miles west of Sulphur.

According to State Police, Deleon was westbound at a high rate of speed and struck the rear of a pick-up truck. Both drivers lost control; Deleon’s vehicle hit a guardrail on the left side of the road, and the pick-up hit a guardrail on the right side of the road. The pick-up’s passenger, Ricky James Broussard, 50, of Pasadena, Texas, wasn’t restrained and was ejected, troopers say.

On March 17, 2019, at 3:46 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 about 5 ½ miles west of Sulphur. The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Ricky James Broussard of Pasadena, Texas.

Broussard was transported to West Cal-Cam Hospital with serious injuries where he later died. Both drivers were properly restrained but the driver of the pick-up, a 56-year-old woman also from Pasadena, was injured. Deleon wasn’t injured, troopers say.

Further investigation revealed Deleon was impaired at the time of the crash. Deleon was arrested and transported to Troop D for processing. Upon arrival at Troop D, Deleon provided a breath sample revealing a blood alcohol content almost 2 ½ times the legal limit, troopers say.

Excessive speed and impairment are suspected to be factors in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and have been submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers say:

Louisiana State Police will continue to arrest any motorist found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To report impaired drivers, motorists are urged to dial *LSP (*577) or contact their local law enforcement agency.