Troopers Arrest Impaired Driver in Fatal Ascension Parish Crash

Published: 10-25-2023 | Category: Troop A

 Sorrento – On October 24, 2023, shortly after 11:30 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10, east of US 61 in Ascension Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 23-year-old Jaranisha Carter of Prairieville. 

The initial investigation revealed that 34-year-old Joshuah Cannon of Nederland, Texas, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes on Interstate 10 while driving a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. At the same time, Carter was headed eastbound on Interstate 10 in a 2008 Honda Accord. The Chevrolet continued traveling west in the eastbound lane and struck the Honda head-on. 

Carter, who was not restrained at the time of the crash, sustained severe injuries. She was transported to a local hospital, where she later pronounced deceased. Cannon was also unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries from the crash. During the on-scene investigation, Cannon displayed multiple signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for the following charges: Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Operation, DWI (3rd offense), Driving on Divided Highways, and No Seatbelt. Cannon will be booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on the aforementioned charges when discharged from the hospital. Routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in Louisiana are caused by impaired drivers. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up. 

Contact Information:
TPR Christian Reed
Louisiana State Police – Troop A
Public Affairs Section
Office: (225) 754-8524