Natchitoches Police investigate fatal crash on Highway 1 By-Pass near Hazel Drive

Officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched to the 7000 block of Louisiana Highway 1 By-Pass on April 4 around 11:29 pm in reference to a two vehicle crash.

The initial investigation by the Natchitoches Police Department revealed that a 2019 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Heather De Los Santos, was turning off of Highway 1 By-Pass on to Hazel Drive. At the same time a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Rickey Smith, was traveling eastbound on Highway 1 By-Pass and was struck by the Jeep Cherokee.

Heather De Los Santos was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, First Degree Vehicular Negligence Injuring, Failure to Yield, Open Container, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

On April 17, 2021 the Natchitoches Police Department was notified by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office that Rickey Smith died as a result of his injuries.

After further investigation, Heather De Los Santos, turned herself into the Natchitoches Police Department on June 7, 2021 for the additional charge of Vehicular Homicide and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or have any additional information in regards to this crash contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.


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