On Election Day, a car accident killed a Louisiana mayor running for re-election.
Melville Mayor Velma Hendrix was killed when a driver failed to yield to a stop sign and slammed into her car Tuesday morning, according to Louisiana State Police.
The late mayor, 84, was sitting in the rear-left passenger seat of an Acura and was not wearing a seat belt when a RAM pick-up truck slammed into her.
According to police, Michael Cook was driving the truck southbound as Hendrix’s car moved west.
He allegedly crashed the front of the RAM into the passenger side of Hendrix’s car after failing to yield at a highway intersection.
Hendrix was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition and died as a result of her injuries.
Her car’s driver and three other passengers were also taken to local hospitals with moderate to severe injuries.
Cook, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was also not injured.
He was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign and not wearing a seat belt. Despite the fact that the crash is still being investigated, he showed no signs of impairment or driving under the influence.
Because of the tragic accident, the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court announced that qualifying will be reopened until Nov. 13, and the Melville Mayoral election has been rescheduled for Dec. 10.
“In the case of no one else qualifying before Monday, November 14, 2022, the candidates from November 8, 2022 with the highest votes will be declared Mayor of Melville,” the clerk said.
Sheila “Sam” Londerno led the race for Tuesday’s election with 52% of the vote over fellow Democrat Caretta Robertson, according to state data.
Hendrix was not included on the state election data page.