LORANGER, La. (WNGO) — A fatal crash in Tangipahoa Parish claimed the lives of two Covington residents.

On Monday (Dec. 5) Louisiana State Police began investigating a fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 40. Shortly after 4 p.m. the driver, John Bitter, was traveling eastbound when his vehicle veered off the roadway hitting a tree.

Despite both occupants being properly restrained, they both sustained fatal injuries.

Bitter was pronounced dead on the scene. Janice Pellegrin, a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.

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