On Sunday, August 16, 2020, shortly before 1:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 12 eastbound west of LA 21 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Tiffany A. Peterson of Covington.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Peterson was eastbound on Interstate 12 in a 2015 Nissan Altima. For reasons still under investigation, Peterson’s vehicle rear-end impacted a 2020 Freightliner 18-wheeler causing the Nissan to underride the 18-wheeler trailer. Peterson was properly restrained but died from injuries sustained in the crash. She was pronounced deceased on scene by the St Tammany Parish Coroner’s office. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. As a part of the investigation, a blood sample was collected for scientific analysis from Peterson.
Troopers witness, firsthand, the effects crash forces have on motor vehicles and the devastating effects of those forces on the human body. While not all crashes are survivable, proper seat belt usage can greatly increase the chances of surviving a crash by spreading out those forces across the strong bones of the body. Properly worn seat belts also help to keep the occupants of vehicles in their seats and protect the head and spine. Please be a responsible driver, obey speed limits, drive sober, buckle up, and avoid all distractions.