DPSO mourns deputy who died in tragic collision

Stonewall man who was driving the other vehicle was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries

DPSO mourns deputy who died in tragic crash

DESOTO PARISH, La. (KSLA) — The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has lost one of its own.

Deputy Donna Richardson-Below, 43, died in a tragic two-vehicle crash while on duty.

“It is with extreme sadness that we report the death of Deputy Donna Richardson, who lost her life in a tragic two-vehicle crash while on duty. Deputy Richardson-Below was a beacon of light and impacted all who knew her,” says a post on the law enforcement agency’s Facebook page.

The collision happened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 84 west of Louisiana Highway 3248 and east of Mansfield, according to Louisiana State Police.

Richardson-Below was driving an unmarked DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office unit west on U.S. 84 when it was struck by an eastbound 2008 Jeep Cherokee being driven by 33-year-old Richard Wimer.

The Stonewall man lost control of his vehicle as it entered a curve, causing the Jeep to cross the double yellow line and travel into the oncoming lane, where it collided with the deputy’s Ford Crown Victoria, says a statement from Trooper First Class Brent Hardy.

Richardson-Below, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wimer, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.

State troopers still are investigating the cause of the crash.

Richardson-Below had been with the Sheriff’s Office since January 2019. She previously was an agent with Louisiana Probation and Parole.

DPSO MOURNS LOSS OF DEPUTY: "It is with extreme sadness that we report the death of Deputy Donna Richardson-Below, who...

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Please keep her family, as well as her DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office family, in your prayers.

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