CPSO Investigating Traffic Fatality

Lake Charles –


On December 22, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles.


The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound on Nelson Road at which time the driver failed to stop at the stop sign, at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road. The truck struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on W. Lincoln Road. A passenger in the truck, Jessica R. Tarver, 34, Coushatta, LA, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital out of town to be treated for major injuries.


The fatality is still under investigation. The driver of the truck was cited for a stop sign violation. As mandated by state law toxicology reports were conducted, although impairment is not suspected.


CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot and Sr. Cpl. Robert Henriksen are the lead investigators of this accident.


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.