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LSP: Drugs may be to blame for fatal crash in St. Tammany Parish

LSP: Drugs may be to blame for fatal crash in St. Tammany Parish

POSTED: Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 7:04pm

Earlier this morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 433 approximately 1.5 miles west of U.S. 11. The crash occurred shortly after 5:00am and took the life of the suspected impaired driver, 24 year old Jeffrey Cuccia of Slidell, LA.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Cuccia was traveling west on LA 433 in a 2003 Toyota Camry when, for unknown reasons, he left the roadway to the right. Upon leaving the paved roadway, the Toyota continued off road and struck a tree with its left side causing the vehicle to overturn. Cuccia was wearing a seatbelt; however, received fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

Investigating Troopers suspect drug impairment to have been a factor in the crash pending toxicology analysis by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public. By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted, or not wearing a seat belt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.

Contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on your cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions.

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