A Port Allen man who stopped on US 190 to check on a tow strap linking two SUVs was killed Monday morning when another motorist crashed into the stopped vehicles, State Police said.
The victim, 53-year-old Timothy Bird, along with 22-year-old Delvonte Wiley, also of Port Allen, had been towing a 2005 GMC Yukon behind a 2000 GMC Sierra, when they stopped in the left westbound lane of US 190 just west of US 61 in Baton Rouge, Trooper Bryan Lee of the Louisiana State Police said.
Bird had climbed out of the car to check on the strap connecting the two SUVs when another driver, 33-year-old Chauntel Barnett, of Denham Springs, crashed into the Yukon while trying to steer around the SUVs parked in the roadway, Lee said.
The crash caused the Yukon to lurch forward, striking Bird, who was pronounced dead Monday at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Lee said.
Wiley and Barnett, who were both wearing seat belts, were not injured, Lee said.
Wiley, the driver of the Sierra, was issued a citation for simple obstruction of a highway, Lee said.
Although toxicology samples were taken from both Barnett and Wiley, Lee said police do not believe either driver was impaired.
The crash remains under investigation.