According to CBS News, an 84-year-old mayor running for reelection in Melville, La., was killed on election day.
Velma Hendrix died on Tuesday, November 11, after being involved in a car accident. Hendrix was riding in the backseat of a 2008 Acura with three others when it was hit by a 2015 Ram 2500 pickup truck on the passenger’s side, according to the Louisiana State Police. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 190 near Louisiana Highway 741 at approximately 11 a.m. on Nov. 8. The driver of the pickup truck reportedly failed to yield at an intersection.
The mayor was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to the emergency room in critical condition. However, she ultimately passed away due to her injuries. Three other passengers were also taken to the hospital with “moderate to critical injuries.”