A two-vehicle crash Sunday on La. 40 in Loranger took the life of one man and resulted in the arrest of another accused of driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide.
Bruce Pierre, 58, was driving a Nissan Titan eastbound on La. 40 at a high speed with Charles Harper, 55, as his passenger, said State Police spokesman Dustin Dwight.
As Pierre approached a Ford F-250 pickup towing a utility trailer, driven by Nathaniel Colona, 31, Pierre failed to stop and crashed into the back of the trailer, Dwight said.
Harper, of Husser, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck and killed, Dwight said. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
Pierre, also of Husser, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers suspect Pierre was impaired at the time of the crash, Dwight said. A blood sample was sent to the State Police Crime Lab.
Once released from the hospital, Pierre will be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of DWI, vehicular homicide, careless operation and no driver’s license, Dwight said.
Colona, of Loranger, provided a voluntary sample with no trace of alcohol.