SLIDELL, LA — This morning at approximately 2:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a one vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 59 approximately two miles north of the Interstate 10, 12, and 59 junction in St. Tammany Parish. The crash took the life of driver, Matthew Scully, 19, of Pearl River, LA.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Scully was driving a 1997 Nissan pickup northbound on Interstate 59 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle began to drift across the center line into the left northbound lane. As the vehicle drifted, Scully overcorrected back to the right causing the Nissan to rotate clockwise as it ran off the right side of the interstate. Upon leaving the paved roadway, the pickup overturned and struck a large tree with its roof ejecting the unrestrained front passenger.
Front passenger in the Nissan pickup, Cody Cooper, 19, of Pearl River, LA, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Cooper left the scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel and was later located at Slidell Memorial Hospital being treated for moderate injuries.
Scully was transported from the scene to Ochsner Northshore Hospital in serious condition where he was later pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol use is suspected with the results of a toxicology exam pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
As the holiday season approaches, troopers traditionally see an increase in impaired driving and reckless behavior to coincide with the additional traffic and holiday festivities. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Making poor decisions in a vehicle leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.
Louisiana State Police would like to remind the public to drive safely and exercise extra patience on the roads this holiday season. Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.