This story was written by: S/T Dustin Dwight of the Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section



December 27, 2018


Covington–At approximately 6:20 PM on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12 westbound west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish.  The crash has claimed the life of Joseph Michael Cherry of Mandeville.

The initial on scene investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Cherry was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup westbound on Interstate 12 in the right lane.  Cherry’s vehicle veered right onto the shoulder and traveled down the grass embankment.  After traveling down the embankment, Cherry’s vehicle partially overturned and crashed into a pine tree.

Despite being properly restrained, Cherry sustained severe injuries in the crash.  He was transported to North Oaks Health System by Acadian EMS.  Cherry ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. Impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor in this crash.  As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.   

Contact Information:

S/T Dustin Dwight                  

Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section

Office: (985) 893-6250