Louisiana State Representative Raymond Crews’ mom dies in car wreck, dad survives

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State Rep. Raymond Crews’ mother was killed in a car wreck in Tennessee Thursday, the Republican representative from Bossier City said.

Ute Ingrid Neumann Crews and her husband James were traveling from Bossier City back to their home in West Virginia when the accident occurred about 6 p.m.

Rep. Crews’ father was unharmed in the wreck, his son said.

“Dad survived without injury other than heartbreak,” Crews said.

Raymond Crews said he was reached with news of the accident about 6:30 p.m. and left Baton Rouge immediately to return home.

He said his parents and other family members had gathered for a Sunnydale Baptst Church reunion in eastern Texas last weekend.

“She got to see children, grandchildren, everyone,” Crews said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards gave their condolences.

“Donna and I are deeply saddened to hear the news of Rep. Crews’ loss,” Edwards said in a statement to USA Today Network. “Losing a parent is life-altering, but we hope the Crews family are able to find comfort in the fact that Mrs. Crews spent the past few days surrounded by family and friends.

“We are asking the people of Louisiana to join their prayers to ours in lifting up Rep. Crews and his family that they may feel the peace and comfort God offers during times of grief.”

Crews said details of the accident are still unclear and arrangements for his mother’s funeral are incomplete.

Crews is serving his first term in the state House. He filled the unexpired term of former Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Benton, who won a promotion to Congress serving the 4th District.

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