BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A coroner has ruled the death of a woman involved in a fatal accident on North Acadian Thruway Sunday morning a homicide.
The investigation into the crash took a strange turn after the victim was found to have suffered stab wounds and was on the way to the hospital when the wreck happened early Sunday morning.
The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Tomica Jacobs, 36, of Baton Rouge. Officers reported she was a passenger in the vehicle. The name of the 37-year-old driver was not released.
Police said Jacobs was stabbed on Levera Street at Prescott Road near Mohican-Prescott Crossover following some type of argument. The coroner says that Jacobs had been stabbed in the groin area. No one has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
Investigators said the crash happened on North Acadian Thruway at North Street around 4:30 a.m. According to authorities, the 1996 Ford Explorer that Jacobs was riding in went off the road and flipped. Reports showed Jacobs was thrown out of the SUV and landed underneath it. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy report released Monday revealed that Jacobs died as a result of her stab wounds and not as a result of being ejected from the vehicle.
The driver was taken to the hospital, but is expected to survive. Officers added Jacobs was not properly buckled up at the time of the crash. Investigators added alcohol and drugs are believed to be factors in the wreck.
The investigation into the stabbing and the crash are ongoing.