Madisonville man fatally injured in traffic accident
Advocate staff report
February 20, 2013
PONCHATOULA — A Madisonville man died in a single-vehicle wreck at 1 p.m. Thursday on La. 445, about 2 miles north of La. 22 in Tangipahoa Parish, State Police reported.
Justin Estopinal, 33, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox north on La. 445 when it ran off the road to the right at a left-hand curve, struck a dirt embankment, and went airborne, Trooper 1st Class Nick Manale said in a news release.
The vehicle struck a utility pole and large tree with its roof and came to a stop on the east side of La. 445, Manale said.
Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office personnel pronounced Estopinal dead at the scene, Manale said.
Troopers suspect drug impairment may have been a factor in the crash, so they submitted a toxicology sample to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Manale said.