St. Landry Parish – Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash on LA Highway 182 near Judson Walsh in St. Landry Parish at approximately 12:00 a.m. on May 3, 2021. The crash took the life of the unidentified driver.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as the driver was driving a Dodge Charger north on LA 182. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and struck a tree. Upon doing so, the Charger caught fire with the driver still inside.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. Seat belt usage and impairment are unknown. Due to the severity of the burns, a standard toxicology sample was unable to be obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.