POSTED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 8:04pm
HOLDEN, LA — This morning shortly after 10:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on I-12 at Milepost 24 near the Holden, LA exit in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of Timothy W. Bower, 38, of Walker.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as a 2003 Ford F-150, driven by Clifford J. Morse, 31, of Covington, was traveling westbound on I-12 in the right hand lane. Bower was also traveling westbound on I-12 in a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier. Morse observed a stopped vehicle on the westbound shoulder of I-12 and attempted to merge into the left lane. Upon merging, Morse noticed that Bowers’ vehicle was in the left lane. As a result, both drivers swerved to avoid collision. Bowers’ Cavalier entered the median and began vaulting across the eastbound lanes of I-12 before coming to rest on the eastbound shoulder. Morse steered to the right and continued traveling westbound on I-12 where Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Deputies located him and brought him back to the scene of the crash.
Troopers suspect impairment on the part of Morse to have been a factor. Morse was booked into the Livingston Parish Prison for Improper Lane Usage, Hit & Run, DWI and Vehicular Homicide. Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Morse to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Bowers was wearing a seatbelt; however, he received fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Although no impairment is suspected on the part of Bowers, Troopers submitted a sample of his blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.
Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Troopers have seen the number of deaths and serious injuries due to impaired drivers decrease in recent years, but there is still work to be done. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to operate a vehicle while impaired.