Two people were killed early Saturday after a man State Police suspect was speeding rear-ended a tow truck, killing the driver and passenger in the car.
The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 190, west of La. 983 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.
The 2003 Acura TL, driven by Michael R. Fornea, 31, of Baton Rouge, was heading eastbound on U.S. 190 when it slammed into the back of the 2006 Ford tow truck, also heading east and driven by Donnie Snoke, 41, of Washington, Sandifer said.
Fornea and the passenger, Jesse L. Gaudin, 27, of Gonzales, were both wearing their seat belts but suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, Sandifer said.
Snoke, the driver of the tow truck, was not injured, Sandifer said.
A toxicology sample from Fornea has been submitted to the State Crime Lab for testing to see if he was impaired, Sandifer said. Troopers suspect Fornea was speeding at the time of the crash, Sandifer said.
Snoke is not suspected of impairment, the release says.