SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police is urging drivers to be extra careful on the wet roadways after two crashes left three people dead within a 24-hour period.
Troop L investigated both crashes and released the advisory. They reported careless driving during bad weather were factors in the wrecks.
The second accident happened on I-12 near the Northshore Boulevard/Airport Road exit in Slidell around 3 a.m.
Jader Givines, 39, of Hammond died in the single-car crash. Troopers said he was a passenger in the back seat and was not buckled. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
LSP said the investigation so far showed Cassidy Thompson, 32, of Amite was driving a 2004 Lincoln LS on I-12 East when he lost control and the car spun off the road.
Troopers said the back of the car then slammed into a tree.
Investigators said Thompson was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and then booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of negligent homicide, careless operation and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
They added impairment on his part is not suspected to be a factor. However, per procedure for deadly crashes, a sample of his blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Another passenger in the car, Monoletho Walker, 39, of Amite, was taken to Ochsner Northshore Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. He was sitting in the front seat.
Troopers said none of the people in the car had on seatbelts at the time of the accident.
They remind drivers to slow down and take extra precautions as showers are forecast for the rest of the week. They said the slick roads and dangerous driving can lead to tragedy.
They also advise people who see unsafe driving to call *LSP (*577) to report it.