Louisiana State Police said they believe a Meraux man killed in a Wednesday morning crash on E. St Bernard Highway may have been impaired.

Police said Alton Peters, 48, was driving a 2008 Infinity G35 west on E. St Bernard Highway near Francke Place around 7:30 a.m. when he began crossing over the center line into the eastbound lane.

A 49-year-old Waggaman man driving a tractor/trailer in that eastbound lane, Lory Sandolph, began to shift off the roadway to avoid hitting Peters, police said. But Peters’ car struck the rear of the tractor/trailer, police said.

Investigators said Peters, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died on the scene. Police believe impairment was a “factor” in his death. Sandolph submitted to a blood test voluntarily, police said, and the results of that test are pending.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to State Police.

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