Covington, LA- A suspected impaired motorist has been killed after traveling the wrong way on Interstate 12 in Covington. Shortly after 1:00 AM on Friday, October 7, 2016, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 12 westbound between LA 59 and US 190. The crash claimed the life of 55-year-old Meraux resident, Perry J. Nunez.
The initial on-scene investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Nunez was driving a 2002 Buick Century eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 12. Nunez crashed head-on into a westbound 2001 Freightliner driven by 37-year-old Justin Lamar Flood of Kissimmee, FL. Despite being properly restrained, Nunez sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Presently, Troopers suspect impairment to have been a contributing factor in this crash. As part of the on-going investigation, blood samples were obtained and will be sent to the crime lab for analysis. Flood was properly restrained and was not injured in the crash. He submitted a voluntary breath sample, which showed no signs of alcohol. A passenger in Flood’s vehicle, 20-year-old Jaquan Lamar Flood also from Kissimmee, FL sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to Lakeview Hospital by Acadian Ambulance.
Impairment continues to be the primary contributing factor in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Louisiana roadways. The frustrating fact for Law Enforcement is that these crashes are preventable. Please, take a moment and speak to your loved ones about the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Never drive impaired, wear a seat belt, and avoid distractions.