Joseph 'Joe' Dodds
Joseph 'Joe' Dodds

Livingston: Young father killed overnight after hitting tree

LIVINGSTON — The family of Joseph Dodds is asking for the public’s help to raise funds to cover the cost of a funeral after an unexpected deadly crash.

It was just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 when Louisiana State Police troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 63 near Hwy. 444 in Livingston. Troopers say Dodds was driving a 2022 Toyota Corolla south on Hwy. 63. For unknown reasons, Dodds went off the roadway and hit a tree. Troopers said he was not buckled and died at the scene. It’s unclear what led up to the crash and impairment is unknown at this time.

Joe’s favorite thing was spending time with his son and family

Joesph Dodds was 23-years-old and was from the Town of Livingston in Livingston Parish. His family and friends called him ‘Joe.’ He was a new father and his brother, Luke Sanders, tells UWK that Joe’s favorite thing to do was spend time with his baby.

“Joe was energetic, loving, caring, hard-working and an athletic who loved to play basketball and throw the football in the back yard. Most of all, one of his favorite things to do was spend time with his son and family,” said Sanders.

Dodds had a full-time job at Generac. Sanders says he was working hard to ensure a bright future for his small family.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Dodds

“He worked to make a future for his family. He was one of the loving and caring people you could meet and would give you the shirt off his back to help someone in need,” said Sanders.

Given his untimely death, loved ones are asking for the public’s help to raising money to cover the funeral. If you would like to donate, click here.

Dodds leaves behind his girlfriend and their son.

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