54-year-old killed in single-vehicle I-10 crash

Published 5:51 pm Friday, March 17, 2023

A 54-year-old man was killed Friday in a single-vehicle crash after the vehicle he was a passenger in hydroplaned on Interstate 10 during a heavy rainstorm and struck a tree.

Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-10, just west of La. 26 around 6:30 a.m., according to Trooper First Class Derek Senegal.

The crash claimed the life of Phillip Cooper III of Ponchatoula.

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An initial investigation found the driver of the pickup truck was traveling west on I-10 when it began hydroplaning during a heavy rainstorm. The driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway before rotating and traveling through a ditch and striking a tree.

Cooper, who was a rear seat passenger, was not restrained and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and two other passengers sustained minor injuries. They were transposed to an area hospital for treatment.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troop D has invested seven fatal crashes resulting in eight deaths this year.