Impairment suspected in Tangipahoa fatal crash
POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:04am
Ponchatoula, La — On January 17 shortly after 10:00 p.m., a single vehicle crash on LA 445 resulted in the death of an unrestrained and suspected impaired driver. The crash took place approximately two miles north of LA 22 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Troopers’ concluded that the crash occurred as a 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling north on LA 445 from Ponchatoula. As the pickup continued northbound, its right side tires drifted off the paved roadway causing the driver to overcorrect to the left. Due to the overcorrection, the Chevrolet rotated in a counterclockwise direction as crossed the centerline and southbound lane of LA 445 before running off road on the west side of the highway. Upon leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a ditch embankment and overturned ejecting the unrestrained driver.
The driver, whose identity is being withheld pending family notification, was transported to North Oaks Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigating Troopers suspect driver impairment to be a factor in the crash and have submitted biological samples to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for examination.