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Louisiana Mayor Vying For Re-Election Dies In Car Crash On Election Day

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Tragically, on election day, Velma D. Hendrix, the little town’s incumbent mayor, was killed in an automobile accident. The deceased 84-year-old was running for re-election, according to PEOPLE.

Hendrix was in an Acura RDX that collided fatally with another truck on a highway on Tuesday morning, according to a statement from Louisiana State Police. Hendrix was taken to a hospital after the incident in critical condition, according to the authorities. Later, she died from her wounds.

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She was reportedly riding in a car with Hendrix in the backseat. And according to police, a preliminary investigation allowed them to determine that the 84-year-old was not using a seat belt at the time of the collision. 2015 Ram 2500 pickup was the other vehicle involved in the collision.

Police said the collision occurred after the driver of the 2015 Ram 2500 pickup “failed to yield as he attempted to cross over both westbound lanes of US 190.” “The front of the Ram struck the passenger side of the Acura in the westbound lane of travel,” police added.

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The Acura’s driver, along with three other passengers, “suffered moderate to serious injuries and were brought to local hospitals for treatment,” according to the police.

Michael Cook, the pickup’s driver, was not hurt during the collision, according to police, who also noted that he wasn’t using a seatbelt. Additionally, according to the police, a breathalyzer test he gave showed no sign of alcohol in his system. There were no indications of impairment either.

Cook, however, received a citation for “failure to yield from a stop sign and no seat belt.” “A routine toxicology sample from the driver of the Acura has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis,” police added. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Following Hendrix’s passing, the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court declared that the election for Melville’s mayor would be reopened, according to PEOPLE. Additionally, it was stated that “qualifying will be reopened on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, and will remain open until Monday, November 14, 2022, with the election for mayor of Melville taking place on December 10, 2022.”

Sheila “Sam” Londerno and Caretta Robertson were Hendrix’s rivals in the race. In the event that no candidates meet the requirements during the predetermined reopening period, Londerno, who received 52% of the vote, will be elected mayor, according to KSLA.

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