Today (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) shortly after midnight, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Thaxton was traveling westbound on Interstate 12 in the right lane at a high rate of speed in a 2016 Toyota Corolla. For reasons still under investigation, Thaxton rear-end impacted a 2010 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by 56-year-old Leon Roland of Phoenix Arizona. Thaxton sustained severe injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital before being pronounced deceased. Seat-belts were used by both drivers and impairment is not suspected.