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Impairment Suspected in Webster Parish Fatal Crash

On July 23, 2020, shortly before 9:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 528 near Goodwill Road. This crash claimed the life of 51-year-old Billy Cobb of Leesville.   

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Cobb, was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 528. For reasons still under investigation, Cobb lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the highway. Once leaving the highway, Cobb’s vehicle began to overturn before striking a tree.

Cobb, who was properly restrained, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police would like to remind all motorists that if you feel differently, you drive differently. Alcohol, prescription medications, and other drugs have many negative effects on the body that can impair driving skills. These drugs can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.

In 2020, Troop G has investigated 12 fatal crashes resulting in 12 deaths.