On Wednesday, August 19, after 5:00 pm, Troopers from State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on I-12 eastbound at LA 1077. The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Artur R. Akhmedov of Lakewood, Washington, and 25-year-old Palina Kretava of Chesapeake, Virginia. Troopers determined that Akhmedov was eastbound on I-12 in a 2005 Toyota 4Runner when he began to slow due to congestion. A 2016 Kia Sorrento driven by 36-year-old Glauber G. DaSllva was eastbound on I-12 behind Akhmedov and, for reasons still under investigation, did not slow down. Force from that impact pushed the 4Runner forward where it impacted a 2019 Volvo tractor trailer. Akhmedov was unrestrained and transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. Kretava was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was pronounced deceased on scene. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. As a part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were taken from DaSllva and Akhmedov for scientific analysis. DaSllva was cited for Careless Operation.