On Monday, September 13, 2021, just before 11:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a fatality crash involving two commercial motor vehicles. The crash occurred at the intersection of LA Hwy 5 at LA Hwy 3015. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Lakendrick Thomas.
The initial investigation revealed that 42-year-old Chad Sharpley, of Frierson, was driving northbound on LA Hwy 5, in a 2019 Peterbilt tractor-trailer. At the same time, Thomas was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 5, in a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer. Sharpley lost control of the truck. As a result of this, Sharpley’s trailer struck the cab of the Kenworth.
Sharpley was restrained and was not injured. Thomas, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor; however, routine toxicology results were submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Troopers would like to remind motorists that speed limits are designed for optimal driving conditions. Inclement weather decreases visibility and increases a vehicle’s stopping distance. In these conditions, drive with extra caution.
In 2021, Troop G Troopers have investigated 25 fatality crashes, resulting in 27 deaths.
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