Saturday (December 16, 2023) afternoon, shortly before 1:30 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle crash on LA 25 near Martin Road in St. Tammany Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 50-year-old Edil Alvarez-Martinez of Folsom.
The initial investigation revealed that Alvarez-Martinez was driving a 2007 Ford Five Hundred headed south on LA 25. For reasons still under investigation, Alvarez-Martinez failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, and impacted a tree.
Despite being properly restrained, Alvarez-Martinez suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The passengers of the Ford were properly restrained and uninjured. A routine toxicology sample will be collected from Alvarez-Martinez and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued or distracted, follow all traffic laws and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.