St. Mary

Jul 1, 2013 4:07 PM by MELISSA CANONE

SMSO Deputy Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Deputy was killed when his motorcycle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and struck an SUV in Morgan City on Sunday.

According to a news release from the Morgan City Police Department, on June 30, 2013, at 8:41 pm the MCPD received a call of vehicle crash on LA Hwy. 182 near Aycock Street. The release states the motorcycle left its lane and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The motorbike struck the SUV head on. Deputy Carril J. Cooks, 46, of Houma, was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV along with three occupants had minor injuries.

The investigation is still ongoing by officers who are attempting to determine what caused the motorcycle to leave its lane and also awaiting toxicology results as is customary in fatality crashes.

Here is a statemnet from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert:

"This is a sad time for the men and women of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. On June 30, 2013, Deputy Carril J. Cooks, a 6 year veteran of our agency, was killed in a motorcycle crash while off duty. Anytime we lose a member of our SMPSO family it is difficult. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the Cooks family. We stand ready to assist them and his many friends in any way we can."

"With three years prior experience in law enforcement, Cooks began his career at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office as a road deputy in 2007. He moved into the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division in 2009. In addition to his position as a narcotics detective, Cooks also served as a member of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and worked as a training instructor in our academy. His dedication to service and the security of our community will continue on through those he worked with and taught."

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