A 24-year-old Bossier City man believed involved in an earlier hit-and-run accident was killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash on the U.S. 90 service road in Iberia Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.
Shortly before 10:15 a.m., Rakeem Blakes was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer eastbound on the service road, failed to negotiate a curve at La. 675, crossed over into the westbound lane and struck a 1990 Kenworth operated by Billy Romero, 69, of New Iberia, Master Trooper Brooks David said in a news release.
Troopers received information that Blakes had just been involved in a hit-and-run crash along U.S. 90 near the Broussard area, David said.
Because Blakes’ vehicle caught fire, it is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt, David said. Blakes was pronounced dead on scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.
Romero, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, David said.
Impairment is unknown at this time; however, a toxicology sample was taken from Blakes and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Romero voluntarily submitted to a chemical breath test and his results indicated he was not impaired, David said.