A man died early Sunday after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 190 and La. 81 in Pointe Coupee Parish and struck an 18-wheeler.
Michael J. Jarreau, 43, of Fordoche, was headed south in a Honda Civic on La. 81 shortly after 1:30 a.m. when he came to the U.S. 190 intersection and failed to stop at the stop sign, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.
As he went through the intersection, Jarreau’s car hit the rear corner of a tractor-trailer headed west on U.S. 190. Keith Drumgoole, 50, of Fayette, Mississippi, was driving the truck.
After hitting the truck, the car spun around in the middle of the highway until coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes, Sandifer said.
Jarreau, who was not wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office. Drumgoole was uninjured.
A toxicology sample for Jarreau was sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis, Sandifer said. Drumgoole is not suspected of being impaired, he said.