A 26-year-old Mississippi man who fled from a fatal truck crash on Interstate 10 near Slidell last fall was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for negligent homicide and 10 years for hit-and-run — the maximum for that charge — although half of that sentence was suspended.
Daniel Coy, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty last month, according to Lisa Page, spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office.
The two sentences, imposed by ad hoc District Judge Donald Fendlason, will run concurrently, and Coy will serve probation during the suspended portion of the sentence.
The crash, which killed Steven Shawn Clark, 26, of Theodore, Alabama, happened Nov. 3.
Coy, who was driving a pickup, tried to pass two 18-wheelers using the right shoulder on a bridge over the Middle Pearl River. The shoulder narrowed, and he hit the guardrail, swerving into the right lane. He hit one of the trucks, pushing it into the left lane, where it hit Clark’s truck, which went over the guardrail and sank.
Rescue divers recovered the truck and the body, Page said.
Coy fled the scene but was tracked down by Louisiana State Police based on information from a witness.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Kilian prosecuted the case.
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