On April 4, 2021 around 11:29 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched investigate a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle at the Highway 1 Bypass intersection with Hazel Drive.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2019 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Heather De Los Santos, was turning off of Highway 1 By-Pass on to Hazel Drive. At the same time a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Rickey Smith, was traveling eastbound on Highway 1 By-Pass and was struck by the Jeep Cherokee.
Heather De Los Santos was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring, Failure to Yield, Open Container, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
On April 17, 2021 the Natchitoches Police Department was notified by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office that Rickey Smith died as a result of his injuries.
After further investigation, Heather De Los Santos, turned herself into the Natchitoches Police Department on June 7, 2021 for the additional charge of Vehicular Homicide and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.