TROOP E NEWS RELEASE
February 12, 2020
Natchitoches Man Killed in Late Afternoon Crash
Natchitoches Parish – Late Tuesday afternoon, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Natchitoches, LA. Troopers responded to the crash around 5:00 p.m., which occurred on Louisiana Highway 6, east of Louisiana Highway 117.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that a 2006 Mercedes-Benz, driven by 78-year-old Robert L. Lowery Jr., and a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 18-year-old Tanner Hale Thompson of Marthaville, were traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 6. For reasons still under investigation, Lowery Jr. attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the roadway. As he started this turning maneuver, the Chevrolet impacted his vehicle.
Lowery Jr. sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Thompson sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists to always be aware of your surroundings. Taking a moment to evaluate the safest avenues and giving yourself enough time and distance to avoid critical errors can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop E Troopers have investigated five fatal crashes in 2020, resulting in six fatalities.
S/T Casey Wallace
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 239-0912
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Robeline Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, NPSO Rescue, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #6 Rescue and La. DOTD also responded to the scene to assist with extrication and traffic guidance, etc.