Driver killed in high-speed I-10 crash
An unrestrained driver suspected of speeding on Interstate 10 in St. Charles Parish was thrown from his pickup truck and killed Friday night, State Police said.
Darrell Magee, 56, of Franklinton, was in the right lane of westbound I-10 about 10:40 p.m. when he approached a 1989 Honda Accord from behind, Master Trooper Greg Marchand said. The Honda was driven by Patrick Dominic, 48, of Baton Rouge.
For unknown reasons, Magee swerved his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado to the right and clipped the right rear of the Honda, Marchand said in a news release.
The Silverado continued onto the right shoulder and banged into a guardrail, hurling it back into the Honda again.
Both vehicles then smashed into the left guardrail, spun and stopped in the right lane.
Magee was ejected from his vehicle and died. A passenger with him was wearing a restraint belt and survived. She was treated at the scene.
Dominic and a passenger in his car both were wearing seat belts and survived. They also were treated at the scene.
The accident took place at mile marker 214.4 over the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
Magee is suspected of having been impaired, State Police said. Dominic is not. Investigators took blood samples from both.
Police investigating two Friday deaths
New Orleans police are investigating two unclassified deaths that happened Friday.
Just before 8 a.m., a man in the Irish Channel said he witnessed a woman’s death, police said.
He told police he heard three shots and saw a 56-year-old woman fall to the ground in the 900 block of First Street.
The cause of death was listed as undetermined as police continue their investigations.
Friday evening, about 5:15 p.m., a man died in a car in the 7th Ward, police said.
A friend of the 44-year-old victim said he left the man in a car in the 1400 block of Marais Street, and when he came back two hours later the man was unresponsive.
Two robbed as man invades East home
A man and a woman were victims of a home invasion reported in New Orleans East early Saturday morning, police said.
A 23-year-old man was in front of his home in the 8500 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 1 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a man with a gun.
He was forced inside at gunpoint when the second victim, a 37-year-old woman, opened the door to the house.
The robber fled with several items from the house after hitting the man.
Five armed robberies reported in N.O.
Five armed robberies were reported in New Orleans in less than 18 hours, police said.
A 25-year-old man was held up by another man armed with a gun Friday morning in the French Quarter.
The victim was in the 300 block of Bourbon Street about 5:20 a.m. when the robber approached him and demanded his wallet, which contained $40, and his iPhone. The man complied, and the robber fled on foot toward Conti Street.
Just before 4 p.m. Friday, a teenage boy was robbed in New Orleans East.
The 15-year-old said he was at Palace Street and Dwyer Boulevard when a stranger got out of a blue Dodge armed with a handgun and demanded his cellphone. The youth complied, and the robber fled.
Less than an hour later, another armed robbery happened in the 1500 block of North Rocheblave Street in the 7th Ward.
A man with a gun jumped out of a blue truck and demanded property belonging to a 33-year-old man. The robber fled with $400, the victim’s cellphone and his Dodge Charger.
Just after 5 p.m., a 27-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in New Orleans East.
The man was standing by his car at Stemway Drive and Selma Avenue when he was approached by two armed men who demanded his property.
The robbers fled in the victim’s car after he gave them $200 and his keys.
J ust before 10 p.m., two teenage boys were robbed at gunpoint in the Central Business District.
The youths were in the 700 block of Carondelet Street when they were approached by two men carrying guns.
One of the teenagers fled, but the other was forced to give up his shoes.
Woman sexually assaulted in Bywater
A woman said she was sexually assaulted Friday night in the Bywater, New Orleans police said.
The woman was in the 800 block of St. Ferdinand Street shortly after 9 p.m. when she reported she was assaulted.
Double shooting reported in Westwego
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported a double shooting in Westwego early Saturday morning.
A man was shot in the arm and wrist and a woman was shot in the buttocks in the 2200 block of the West Bank Expressway, according to 911 headquarters.
The incident was reported about 3:45 a.m.
Both victims were reported to be in stable condition.