GROSSE TETE, LA — Shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on I-10 westbound west of LA Hwy 77 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of Christopher E. Attinelli, 47, of Charlotte, NC.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Attinelli was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang eastbound on I-10. For unknown reasons, Attinelli’s Mustang entered the median and crossed into the westbound lanes of I-10. The Mustang entered into the path of and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound 2000 Toyota pickup truck driven by Nixon Alexander, 22, of Baton Rouge.
Attinelli, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the Mustang and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Alexander and a passenger in his Toyota were properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries. Impairment on the part of Attinelli is unknown at this time; however, Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Attinelli to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.