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The Morgan City Police Department received a call of a vehicle crash on Highway 182 in the area of Aycock St

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 12:07 PM

MORGAN CITY, La. -  The Morgan City Police Department received a call of a vehicle crash on Highway 182 in the area of Aycock St on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at approximately 7:49 P.M.

A 2004 Dodge Ram dually pickup truck, driven by 40-year-old Juan Tapia-Gutierrez, left the roadway hitting a utility pole and several parked vehicles in a parking lot.

Juan Tapia-Gutierrez and the passenger were transported to an area hospital for medical treatment by Acadian Ambulance. The passenger later succumbed to his injures.

The passenger's identification is currently being withheld until notification to the next of kin.

Investigators suspected driver impairment and obtained a blood sample for toxicology from the driver Juan Tapia-Gutierrez.

Juan Tapia-Gutierrez was later released from the hospital and placed under arrest by the Morgan City Police Department for the following charges:

Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

Driving While Intoxicated -1st Offense

Vehicular Homicide

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