From State Police
On Wednesday, June 3, 2020 shortly after midnight, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 12 westbound near Airport Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 30-year-old Jory W. Thaxton.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that, Thaxton was traveling westbound on Interstate 12 in the right lane at a high rate of speed in a 2016 Toyota Corolla. For reasons still under investigation, Thaxton rear-end impacted a 2010 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by 56-year-old Leon Roland of Phoenix Arizona.
Thaxton sustained severe injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital before being pronounced deceased. Seatbelts were used by both drivers and impairment is not suspected.
As a part of the crash investigation, a blood sample was collected for scientific analysis from Thaxton. Roland submitted a voluntary breath sample which showed no amount of alcohol present.
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.