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Driver dies after exiting vehicle following I-10 crash

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 17:50:51-04

ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. – Louisiana State Police are investigating an early morning fatal crash.

On June 30, 2021, shortly before 1:00 am, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 Westbound near Butte La Rose. The crash claimed the life of an unidentified Hispanic male, according to a spokesperson for Troop I.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed a 1991 Mercedes-Benz sedan traveling west on I-10 was struck from behind by a Honda Pilot SUV. Moments after the initial crash caused the vehicles to be disabled, the driver of the Mercedes exited his vehicle. Shortly after that, a Jeep Liberty SUV struck the Mercedes fatally injuring the unidentified driver as he stood near his vehicle, the spokesperson stated.

The unidentified driver of the Mercedes-Benz was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office. The two other drivers were restrained and were transported to a local hospital with minor and moderate injuries. Two passengers in the Jeep Liberty were also properly restrained and were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Impairment is unknown and standard toxicology tests results are pending. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Troop I has investigated 28 fatal crashes resulting in 35 deaths in 2021.

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