One fatality, several injuries reported in crashes along I-12
POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 7:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 7:34am
St. Tammany Parish, La — As a strong line of storms moved along the I-12 corridor in St. Tammany Parish on Tuesday, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to over a dozen traffic incidents including several injury crashes and one fatal crash.
At approximately 1:50 p.m., Troopers began investigating a four vehicle fatal crash in the eastbound lanes of I-12 half a mile east of the Airport Rd. / Northshore Blvd. exit in Slidell, LA. Prior to the fatal crash, traffic had slowed to a stop in the eastbound lanes of I-12 due to a previous injury crash.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the fatal crash occurred as a 2011 Nissan Altima, driven by Adam Livingston, 33, was traveling east in the right lane of I-12 when it moved to the left lane to pass a slower moving vehicle. As Livingston attempted to merge back into the right lane, he lost control of his vehicle and veered onto the eastbound I-12 on ramp from Airport Road.
As the Nissan entered the on ramp, it hit a 2011 Chevrolet SUV driven by Samuel Pescay Jr., 73. After impact with the Chevrolet, the Nissan Altima continued in an easterly direction sideswiping a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Michael Prothro, 39, before continuing forward and impacting the rear of a 2005 Freightliner 18 wheeler.
Prior to impact, both the Freightliner, driven by Amado Macias, 31, and the Chevrolet Cobalt were stopped in the right eastbound lane of I-12 due to the previous crash.
Neither Pescay, Prothro, nor Macias were injured in the crash. Livingston received fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Toxicology results are pending an autopsy by the Coroner’s office. All individuals in the crash were wearing seatbelts and impairment is not suspected to be a factor.