ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. — On March 16, 2023, at 5 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 182 near Cotton Patch Road that claimed the life of Freddie Thomas, 72, of Wilsonville, Alabama.
The preliminary investigation conducted by State Police revealed the crash occurred as Thomas was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer east on LA 182. Thomas failed to negotiate a curve for reasons still under investigation. The Chevrolet Trailblazer then ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.
According to LSP, Thomas was restrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. On March 29, 2023, Thomas succumbed to his injuries.
Chemical results are pending and the crash remains under investigation, authorities say.
Troop I has investigated 16 fatal crashes resulting in 18 deaths since the beginning of 2023.