Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Johnson was driving a 2011 Ford Fiesta eastbound on LA 1040. A dark colored horse was standing in the eastbound lane. Johnson braked and swerved slightly to the left, but struck the horse. The impact caused heavy damage to the windshield and roof of Johnson’s vehicle. Following the crash, Johnson’s vehicle continued beneath the horse, ran off the left side of the roadway, and overturned.
Johnson was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He was ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Ownership of the horse is part of the ongoing investigation.