New Orleans police were investigating a crash Sunday morning in New Orleans East that took the life of a 35-year-old deputy with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Brunell A. Magee died from injuries sustained in a crash on Interstate 10 near the Irish Bayou exit.
The crash happened at about 6:25 a.m. when Magee, driving a Dodge Intrepid, lost control of his car, police said.
Magee’s Dodge ran over the median and struck a dark-colored Nissan Juke, which was driven by a 61-year-old man who was traveling west on the interstate, according to police. Magee died at the hospital, and the man driving the Nissan was listed in stable condition, police said.
Police weren’t clear as to why Magee lost control of his car. Blood and alcohol tests and an autopsy by the Orleans Parish Coroner were pending Sunday to determine the exact cause of death, police said.
“We regret this tragic loss of one of our own,” said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Magee’s fiancée and the entire Magee family. On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, I also want to express our concern for the other driver in this incident. We hope he makes a full recovery.”
Magee, who was assigned to the McDaniels Work Transitional Center, joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2010.