COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police Troopers are investigating two separate crashes that left two people dead.
The first incident occurred Monday, around 8 a.m. on Highway 437, just north of Covington. Police say that 78-year-old Robert J. Daix, Sr. of Bush was driving a car north on Hwy. 437 when, for unknown reasons, he drove off of the right side of the road and struck a large oak tree. Daix, who was not wearing his seat belt, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Investigators believe that Daix was not impaired at the time of the crash. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of the death.
The second crash, which occurred on Interstate 55 just north of Hwy 442, took place shortly after the first incident. According to police, 19-year-old Sharree L. Camp of Little Rock, Arkansas was driving an SUV south on the interstate, in the right-hand lane. Camp's vehicle drove off of the right side of the roadway, partially in the grass. Camp over-corrected, veered across both lanes and drove into the median where her vehicle overturned several times before resting on its side in the northbound lanes. Police say that Camp, who was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered severe injuries. An Acadian Air Med helicopter transported Camp to North Oaks Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.
According to police, Camp's front seat passenger, identified as 19-year-old Shayla Michelle Hayes, was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash but also suffered severe injuries. The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office pronounced Hayes dead on the scene. Investigators took blood samples from Camp, which will be analyzed at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Camp was given a summons for no driver's license and careless operation. Once the investigation wraps, any additional charges will be referred to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney's Office.