Man arrested in connection with wreck that killed DPSO deputy

Arrest made in fatal crash

DESOTO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - A man is behind bars for his alleged role in a crash earlier this year that took the life of a DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s deputy.

Richard Wilmer, 33, of Stonewall is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless operation.

Authorities were called just before 8 a.m. to Highway 84 west of Louisiana Highway 3248.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Wilmer’s SUV was entering a curve while traveling east on Highway 84. Then, Deputy Donna Richardson-Below was driving west in an unmarked DPSO unmarked Ford Crown Victoria.

For reasons still under investigation, Wilmer lost control oh is SUV and crossed a double yellow line which caused a crash between him and Richardson-Below’s vehicle.

Richardson-Below was wearing her seatbelt but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilmer was unrestrained, and he received moderate injuries. He was treated at a hospital. Toxicology samples were submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation. Wimer was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

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