State Police: Two drivers killed Saturday night in separate crashes on same Tangipahoa Parish highway
TANGIPAHOA PARISH - Two drivers were killed Saturday night in separate single-vehicle crashes on the same highway in Tangipahoa Parish.
State Police said the first crash happened shortly after 11:10 p.m. Saturday on LA 1054 near North River Road in Kentwood. It claimed the life of 33-year-old Jeremiah Sims of Hammond.
Troopers said Sims was traveling west on the highway in a pickup truck when he ran off the road to the right and crashed into a tree.
Sims was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and he died at the scene.
Troopers said the second crash happened around 20 minutes later — shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday on LA 1054 near Clement Road in Independence. It claimed the life of 22-year-old Tristan Pennington of Loranger.
According to State Police, Pennington was driving his car south on the highway when he drove off the road to the right, striking a cement culvert.
Pennington was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers say.
Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis as police continue investigating the crashes.
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