Republican gubernatorial candidate David Vitter was involved in a minor traffic accident in Metairie in the last hours before Saturday’s election.
Vitter was the passenger in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz that struck a 2011 Honda Civic near the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Carrollton Avenue around 12:05 p.m., Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.
The woman driving the Honda complained of hand pain but refused medical attention, while no one in the Mercedes was injured.
The Mercedes’ driver, whom the Sheriff’s Office initially did not name but later identified as New Orleans resident Courtney Gaustella, 36, was cited for improper lane usage.
Fortunately everyone is fine. Staffer and I had a minor fender bender. pic.twitter.com/Zx9fDB2OMp— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) October 23, 2015
Courtney Guastella — spelled differently from the name provided by the Sheriff’s Office — is the Vitter campaign’s finance director.
“Fortunately, everyone is fine,” Vitter wrote in a tweet Friday afternoon accompanied by a picture of a scuffed bumper. “Staffer and I had a minor fender bender.”
The Sheriff’s Office said Vitter did not remain on the scene after the accident. Instead, he provided his information to his driver, who passed it on to an investigating officer.
Fortunato said Vitter’s decision to leave the scene of the accident was not a violation of state law.
“As in any other accident investigation, we would ask that Mr. Vitter avail himself to the investigating officer in order for us to obtain a statement from him regarding this incident,” Fortunato said.
The Vitter campaign did not respond to a request for comment on why he left the scene.