On Monday, November 4th, at approximately 7:21 PM, State Police Troop L responded to a serious injury crash involving one vehicle on I-12 approximately 3 miles west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 60-year-old John B. Poche of Hammond.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Poche was driving a Hyundai Genesis west in the right lane. For reasons still under investigation, Poche’s vehicle traveled off the roadway to the left and hit a tree. Despite being properly restrained, Poche sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected by St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for scientific analysis. The investigation remains ongoing as Troopers review more evidence.