Published: 10-28-2023 | Category: Troop L
TROOP L NEWS RELEASE
October 28, 2023
Wrong-way Driver Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash
Robert – This morning, shortly after 3:00 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12 near LA Hwy 445 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 25-year-old Jesse Hester of Hammond.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2022 Harley-Davidson, driven by Hester, was westbound in the left eastbound lane of Interstate 12. At the same time, a 2008 Toyota Camry was eastbound in the left eastbound lane of Interstate 12. For reasons still under investigation, the Harley-Davidson impacted the Toyota.
Despite wearing a DOT-approved helmet, Hester sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Toyota was properly restrained and was uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.
Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while traveling. Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted, follow all traffic laws, and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
TFC William Huggins
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (985) 893-6250