Last Modified: Thursday, March 07, 2013 4:15 PM
A 21-year-old Jennings man is facing charges and a 24-year-old Welsh woman is dead following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles Wednesday night, state police said.
Sgt. James Anderson, spokesman for Troop D, said Harmonie Roshell Frazier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.
The accident occurred near the La. 397 exit, which is about four miles east of the city limits.
Anderson said Jermaine Quinn Pattum, who will be charged with vehicular homicide, DWI, careless operation, driving with a suspended license and failure to wear a seatbelt, was driving east on Interstate 10 when he sideswiped a vehicle in the center lane.
"Pattum's vehicle then struck a center guardrail," Anderson said in a news release. "Frazier was totally ejected from the vehicle while Pattum was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the vehicle in the center lane was properly restrained and was not injured.
"Impairment on the part of Pattum is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis."
Anderson said this is the third fatal crash investigated by Troop D this year.
"In 2011, 50 percent of people who died in crashes investigated by Troop D were killed by impaired drivers. To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Posted By: Polly an Family On: 3/17/2013
Title: Harmonie Our Angel
Harmonie, I miss you. The family misses you. Dani-ka, Beth, Shard, Duke Jay an Joe, Nalla an Danny Sr. Can't believe you are not here any longer. I wonder what your last thoughts were. I was holding Dani-ka in my arms crying, trying to console her and trying to understand how you are not here. I know GOD makes no mistakes, so I thanked him for sharing you with us. There are some questions with no answers. This is one of those questions. So this is not goodbye but see you later. R. I. P. Our Beautiful Girl. Until we meet again MOM Polly
Posted By: Simone Paige On: 3/9/2013
Title: Rest in Paradise
I love you Harm! You did what you had to do here now your with the Lord. I hope you enjoyed your homecoming when you made it to heaven. Miss u not saying goodbye so see you later.
Posted By: courtney mccoy On: 3/8/2013
Title: cant believe it
R.I.P Harmonie.....we were just in high school....crazy how things happen
Posted By: niki hammonds On: 3/8/2013
R.I.P Harmonie..we all miss u lil sis....