Impairment suspected in Livingston Parish fatality
POSTED: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 3:34pm
Walker, LA — State Troopers are investigating a fatal crash that took place on December 22 in Walker.
At approximately 11:30 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 447, south of I-12, in Livingston Parish.
The crash took the life of Denham Springs resident Johnnie W. Johnson, 60.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Johnson was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 southbound on LA Hwy 447. For unknown reasons, Johnson failed to negotiate a left hand curve, and his vehicle ran off the roadway to the right. After leaving the roadway, Johnson overcorrected causing his vehicle to cross back across both lanes of LA Hwy 447. The F-150 exited the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Troopers suspect impairment on the part of Johnson to have been a factor in the crash, and have submitted a toxicology sample to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.