Sunday (December 11, 2022) morning, shortly before 5:00 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 445 near Gateway Drive in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Austin Harper of Loranger.
The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as 31-year-old Justin Scully of Loranger was northbound on LA Hwy 445 in a 2009 GMC Acadia. At the same time, Harper was southbound on LA Hwy 445 in a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta. The preliminary findings revealed the GMC crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, which resulted in the GMC striking the Volkswagen head-on.
Harper was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. At this time, impairment is unknown on the part of Harper, but a routine toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
Scully was properly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash on the part of Scully. A toxicology sample was obtained from Scully and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.