Fatal Crash in Louisiana: Unrestrained Driver Crashes into Tree on LA Hwy 1058, Troopers Investigate Cause

By Evelina Rivers
Published November 27, 2023

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Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana – On November 25, just before 10:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L initiated an inquiry into a fatal single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 1058 near LA Hwy 1059 in Tangipahoa Parish. The incident resulted in the tragic passing of Mervin Briggs, aged 44, from Kentwood.

According to the initial findings, the crash occurred when Briggs was driving northbound on LA Hwy 1058 in a 2015 Ram 3500. The reasons behind Briggs losing control of the vehicle and veering off the road to collide with a tree are still being investigated. Tragically, Briggs was not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

In connection with the ongoing investigation, a sample for toxicology analysis was taken from Briggs.

LSP indicated that while not all crashes can be survived, data indicates that wearing your seat belt correctly significantly reduces the risk of injury or death in a crash. Louisiana law mandates that all occupants of a vehicle must always wear their seat belts regardless of where they are seated. Wearing your seat belt properly is one crucial method for safeguarding your life and minimizing injuries during crashes.