Louisiana State Police Probe Deadly Rocky Branch Crash: DUI Driver Arrested After Fatal Collision

By Calcasieu Staff
Published May 14, 2024

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Rocky Branch, Louisiana – Late in the evening on Sunday, May 12, 2024, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F launched an investigation into a deadly three-car crash on LA 143 close to Sherwood Lane. The collision resulted in the death of Patrick Hendrix, a 37-year-old from Marion, Louisiana.

Initial findings showed that a 2016 GMC Sierra, driven by 45-year-old Tareccos Dismuke from Carthage, Mississippi, was heading south on LA 143. At the same time, a 2021 Toyota Corolla, driven by Hendrix, was traveling north on LA 143. Following closely behind the Toyota was a 2018 Mazda CX9 also heading north on the same road. It is still unclear why Dismuke suddenly veered left, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with the Toyota. The impact caused the GMC to become disabled in the northbound lane of LA 143, where it was subsequently hit by the Mazda.

Hendrix was properly secured but unfortunately sustained fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The driver and passenger in the Mazda were properly restrained and not harmed. Samples for routine toxicology testing were gathered and will be analyzed.

During the ongoing investigation, Louisiana State Police said that it was found that Dismuke was driving under the influence of alcohol during the crash. Dismuke was taken into custody and charged with vehicular homicide, careless operation, driving with a suspended license, and not wearing a seatbelt. Dismuke provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal limit. 

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

LSP said that Troopers frequently witness the devastating outcomes of avoidable crashes. They advise drivers to make a plan before drinking alcohol, as it can affect vision, coordination, and response time. Please make the decision to never drive under the influence or get in a vehicle with an impaired driver, and always wear a seatbelt.

In the year 2024, Troop F has looked into 16 fatal crashes, leading to 17 fatalities.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.