Officer responding to emergency call involved in crash that killed elderly man

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 1:00pm

 An officer responding to an emergency call was involved in a crash that killed an 83-year-old man in the town of Maurice. The Louisiana State Police were called to investigate the incident to ensure that all protocol was followed.

Officials say the crash happened on Thursday, Oct. 11 shortly after noon. We’re told Officer Willis Thomas with the Maurice Police Department was traveling in a marked unit on US Hwy. 167 in the left lane. He had his emergency lights and siren activated as he approached an intersection.

At the same time a car driven by Paul Suire, 83, of Abbeville, was traveling west. Suire stopped at a sign and then continued going at the same time the officer was traveling through the intersection.

The two cars collided and Suire’s vehicle was struck on the driver side. Suire was properly restrained, however, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Suire’s wife was the passenger of the vehicle. She sustained moderate injuries. Officer Thomas sustained minor injuries.

The crash is currently under investigation.


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