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Driver Dies After Exiting Vehicle Following I-10 Crash in St. Martin Parish

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Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 Westbound near Butte La Rose on June 30, 2021, shortly before 1:00 A.M.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 4:19 PM

St. Martin Parish – Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 Westbound near Butte La Rose on June 30, 2021, shortly before 1:00 A.M. The crash claimed the life of an unidentified Hispanic male.

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 being driven by Jose Gonzalez of Houston, Texas. 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 unidentified driver of the Mercedes-Benz was pronounced deceased by 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.

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