St. Mary Parish Sheriff's narcotics detective, Houma resident killed in Morgan City crash Sunday

MORGAN CITY, La. — A 46-year-old off-duty St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s narcotics division detective was killed in a crash Sunday night on La. 182 near Aycock Street after the motorcycle he was driving crossed the center line and hit an SUV head on, according to Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch.

Police received a call of a two-vehicle crash on La. 182 near Aycock Street in Morgan City at 8:41 p.m. Sunday.

Upon arrival, officers found a two-vehicle crash consisting of a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV and a 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle was headed east on La. 182 and the SUV was headed west, Crouch stated.

The point of impact in the crash indicates that the motorcycle left its lane of travel and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and struck the SUV head on, Crouch stated. The motorcycle driver, identified as Carril J. Cooks of Houma, was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene, Crouch stated.

Cooks was an off-duty St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division detective, according to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert.

“This is a sad time for the men and women of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Hebert stated in a news release. Cooks was a six-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and was killed in a motorcycle crash while off duty.

“Anytime we lose a member of our SMPSO family it is difficult. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the Cooks family. We stand ready to assist them and his many friends in any way we can,” Hebert stated.

Cooks had three years prior experience in law enforcement, and began his career at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy in 2007. He moved into the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division in 2009.

In addition to his position as a narcotics detective, Cooks also served as a member of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and worked as a training instructor in our academy. “His dedication to service and the security of our community will continue on through those he worked with and taught,” Hebert stated.

The driver of the SUV along with three occupants had minor injuries. The investigation of the crash is still ongoing, and officers are attempting to determine what caused the motorcycle to leave its lane and also awaiting toxicology results as is customary in fatal crashes, Crouch stated.

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