A Sulphur man was killed Tuesday night in West Baton Rouge Parish after he drove his pickup off Interstate 10. The pickup hit a culvert, went airborne, crashed and burst into flames, Louisiana State Police said.
The crash occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. on I-10 eastbound, approximately eight miles west of La. 415, according to a State Police news release.
Rescuers were unable to pull the driver from the fire, State Police said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that John Tarasiewicz, 51, was driving a 2008 Ford pickup eastbound on I-10 near milepost 145 in the left lane when he ran off the roadway to the left. As the pickup entered the median, Tarasiewicz attempted to steer back onto the roadway, but lost control of the vehicle. The pickup began to rotate clockwise through the median and then struck a concrete drainage culvert, according to the release.
Troopers do not suspect alcohol to have played a factor in this crash; however, a sample of Tarasiewicz’s blood has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.