From Louisiana State Police
Ponchatoula – This morning after 8:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 22 west of LA 445 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 49-year-old Damian C. Tenhaaf of Hammond.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Tenhaaf was westbound on LA 22 in a Hyundai Sonata. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle exited the roadway and impacted several trees.
Tenhaaf was improperly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but as part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was collected for scientific analysis from Tenhaaf. The crash investigation remains ongoing.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.