Impairment suspected in Ascension Parish crash

Contributed report

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 5, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 10 westbound west of La. 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 23 year old Jared Cunningham of St. James and 39 year old Jeremy Jenkins of Baton Rouge.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Cunningham was traveling westbound on I-10 in a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. For reasons still under investigation, Cunningham lost control of his vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway into the median. Cunningham’s vehicle began to overturn and came to a stop after striking a tree.

Both Cunningham and Jenkins were unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash and a toxicology sample will be taken from Cunningham for analysis.