Troop C Suspects Alcohol Use in Fatal Assumption Parish Crash

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. last night, Troopers with Troop C responded to a single-vehicle fatality crash on La. 403 just east of La 1004, later revealing 41-year-old Cody Hicks of Pascagoula, Miss died in the crash. 

Hicks was traveling eastbound on La. 403 in a 2000 Ford F-250, the preliminary investigation revealed. He was in a left curve in the roadway when he attempted to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone, according to the investigation. 

Hicks’ vehicle ran off of the roadway to the left then he steered towards the right. His vehicle crossed La. 403, and he ran off of the roadway to the right and entered a ditch. Hicks’ vehicle then rolled over and came to rest on the roof. 

Hicks was not wearing his seat belt and he suffered fatal injuries, the investigation revealed.

Alcohol use is suspected and a toxicology test is pending, Troop C said. 

Troop C said the crash remains under investigation.

“Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes,” reads a statement by Troop C. “Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of fatal crashes across the state of Louisiana. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in Louisiana are caused by impaired drivers.”

“Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times,” the statement continues. “Alcohol can begin to impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.”

Troop C has investigated three fatal crashes this year resulting in 3 deaths.