GRAMERCY — A Jonesville man was killed early Sunday on Interstate 10 in St. James Parish when he was struck by a pickup truck as he stood in the median after the car he was riding in had crashed minutes earlier, State Police said.
Shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, Andre Collins, 26, of Baton Rouge, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 west on I-10, just east of La. 641, and for reasons still under investigation, he drove into the back of a sport utility vehicle driven by Jamie Resendiz, 23, of Richland, Mississippi, State Police said in a news release.
Collins’ car ended up facing east in a westbound lane, and he and his passenger, Charles Branch Jr., 31, got out and walked onto the median, according to the news release.
At the same time, a third driver, Adam Fabre, 23, of LaPlace, was driving west in a 2009 Dodge pickup and swerved into the median in an attempt to avoid the disabled Chrysler, striking Branch, who suffered fatal injuries.
Fabre’s truck crossed back onto I-10 and came to a rest on the north shoulder.
A fourth car, a 2012 Ford Focus driven by Lester Ross Jr., 20, of Baton Rouge, was traveling westbound on the interstate and struck the disabled Chrysler head-on, the news release said.
A toxicology sample was taken from Collins and submitted for analysis to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, State Police said.
Collins was taken to St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher with minor injuries. All of the other drivers involved were properly restrained and were uninjured.
The crash remains under investigation, State Police said.