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Dec 8, 2013 1:53 PM by katc

One dead in Washington Parish Crash

A Franklinton resident is dead after an early morning two vehicle crash in Washington Parish. Troopers say it happened at 6:00 am on LA 25. Troopers say a 2010 Ford F-150 occupied by Charles Toon of Foxworth, Ms.and Teresa Minarik of Franklinton was traveling northbound on LA 25. At that time, troopers say a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Jonathan Bickham of Franklinton was traveling southbound on La. 25 near milepost 25. Investigators say Toon, due to his impairment, veered to the left causing the Ford to cross the center line, enter the southbound lane, and hit the Chevrolet head-on. Troopers say Bickham was properly restrained; however, he received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner's Office. Toon and Minarik were both restrained and transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with moderate injuries. Alcohol is suspected on the part of Toon. A blood sample was collected from Toon and the results are pending a toxicological analysis at the LSP Crime Lab. Alcohol is not suspected on the part of Bickham, however general toxicology tests are pending an autopsy. Troopers say Toon has been initially charged with Driving Left of Center, DWI, and Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and Vehicular Homicide. Toon will be booked into the Washington Parish Jail upon being released from the hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

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