December 18, 2017  |  08:59 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred late Saturday night (December 16) in the Covington area.

STPSO deputies responded to Memphis Trace in the Natchez Trace subdivision shortly after 11:30 p.m. following reports of a vehicle on fire. 

When deputies arrived, they discovered a single vehicle that had exited the roadway before striking a tree and becoming engulfed in flames.

Prior to the vehicle catching fire, good Samaritans had pulled the driver from the vehicle and attempted to render aid.  

Once on scene, Acadian Ambulance personnel transported the driver, 36-year-old Samuel Collins of Ponchatoula, to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Toxicology reports are pending from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office and the investigation is ongoing, but speed and alcohol use are believed to be factors in the crash. 

Fire District 2 also responded to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call 985-898-2338 or 911.

Following this tragic crash, Sheriff Randy Smith reminds residents that alcohol use can impair motor skills and decrease reaction times. If you choose to drink this holiday season please have a designated driver or arrange for a safe ride home in advance. If you exhaust all options and still need a ride home, call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 898-2338 and one of our deputies will drive you home as part of our #SafeRideHome program.