On Thursday, July 1, 2021, shortly after 6:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12, just east of LA 21, in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 25-year-old Damarcus Jackson of Lacombe, Louisiana.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet HHR was westbound on I-12 in the left lane. For reasons still under investigation, the HHR veered onto the left shoulder and impacted a concrete traffic barrier. After impact, the HHR traveled across all westbound lanes of travel and ran off of the road to the right. The HHR then rolled over before hitting multiple trees.
Due to the severity of the crash, at this time it is unknown if either occupant was properly restrained. Jackson was pronounced deceased on the scene and the other occupant was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.