From Louisiana State Police
Slidell – On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 shortly after 5:00 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to an injury crash involving several vehicles on US 190 West near LA 433 (Thompson Rd.) in St. Tammany Parish.
The crash has claimed the life of 67-year-old Linda C. Adams of Lacombe.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Ford Fusion, driven by 38-year-old Justin Martindale of Slidell, was traveling eastbound on US 190. Martindale’s vehicle struck the rear-end of an eastbound Ford Crown Victoria then struck a westbound Hyundai Elantra head-on.
Martindale and his passenger along with the driver and passengers of the Hyundai Elantra were transported to an area hospital with moderate to serious injuries. Once at the hospital, Adams, a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver and passengers of the Ford Crown Victoria were not injured.
At this time, impairment is not suspected. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Martindale and the driver of the Hyundai Elantra for scientific analysis. The driver of the Crown Victoria provided a breath sample that showed no evidence of alcohol. All occupants were restrained at the time of the crash. Martindale was cited for the following charge: L.R.S. 32:58 (Careless Operation). The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.