Lumberton woman killed in New Year's Day wreck

Lumberton woman killed in New Year's Day wreck

Traffic Officers are investigating a one-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year-old Lumberton resident Deborah McRoberts, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

At about 5:49 p.m. on Jan. 1, officers responded to a reported crash in the 1700 block of Interstate 10 East over 7th Street.  Beaumont EMS also responded and transported the driver, who was the lone occupant, to St. Elizabeth's emergency room where doctors later pronounced her dead.

At this early stage of the investigation, officers have been able to determine that the vehicle was heading eastbound on the highway when it left the roadway and struck the safety barrier.  Investigators are working to determine what caused McRoberts to veer off the roadway. Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson has ordered an autopsy.

Officers are in the process of notifying the driver’s next of kin.