A suspected drunk driver caused the first in a chain of crashes on I-10 early Sunday morning that killed a 29-year-old pedestrian and damaged several vehicles in Jefferson Davis Parish, State Police said.
Luis Enrique Astorga, 22, of Nacogdoches, Texas, was driving a Ford Mustang westbound on I-10 near Lacassine when he crashed into a pickup truck towing another pickup truck around 1:15 a.m., said Sgt. James Anderson, a State Police spokesman. Astorga drove away from the crash, Anderson said.
The crashed caused the towing Ford pickup to stall on the interstate, where it was hit from behind by a Nissan pickup, Anderson said. The Ford pickup was pushed into the center median by the crash while the Nissan sat disabled in the left lane.
Another pickup truck towing a sailboat also headed westbound on I-10 moved into the right lane to avoid the crash but fatally struck 29-year-old Alvaro Badillo Resendiz, who was standing in the right lane, Anderson said.
Resendiz, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson Davis Parish Coroner’s Office, Anderson said. No one else was injured.
A few minutes later, troopers found Astorga’s yellow Mustang crashed in a ditch along U.S. 90 near Deer Walk Road in Calcasieu Parish, Anderson said. Paint on Astorga’s Mustang and witness descriptions of “the distinctive yellow Mustang with black stripes” from the I-10 crash connected Astorga to the earlier wreck, Anderson said.
Troopers suspected he was drunk but Astorga refused to take a breath test, Anderson said. A blood sample from Astorga taken under a judge’s warrant will be tested at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge.
Astorga was arrested for DWI, Anderson said, but the crashes remain under investigation and additional counts are pending.