Melissa Cannata Obituary, Death – LACOMBE, La. (WVUE) – According to the Louisiana State Police, a three-vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 12 near Lacombe resulted in the death of a woman from Slidell who was 56 years old.
Melissa Cannata was found to have been the victim by the office of the coroner for St. Tammany Parish. The coroner, Dr. Charles Preston, stated that an autopsy would be performed on Monday, but that preliminary indications suggest that Cannata died as the result of an accidental death caused by “multiple blunt force trauma.”
Cannata was allegedly not fastened into her seat when she was driving her 2019 Kia Sportage eastbound on Interstate 12 near Louisiana Highway 434 just before 8:00 p.m., as stated by the police.
The car driven by Cannata is said to have rear-ended a 2017 Honda Civic while it was following it on the interstate, according to the investigators, for reasons that are still being investigated. According to the police, the impact significantly reduced the Kia’s speed, and a 2018 International 18-wheeler that was following the two cars was unable to avoid colliding with Cannata’s Kia. This caused the Kia to be knocked off the roadway to the right, where it crashed into a tree.
According to the state police, Cannata suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, and he later passed away in a hospital. Both the driver of the Honda and the driver of the 18-wheeler were properly restrained by their seat belts and did not sustain any injuries.
The state police have stated that impairment is not believed to have been a factor in the accident; however, routine toxicology samples have been collected from all three drivers in order to test them.