According to the Louisiana State Police, troopers responded at around 12:23 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 12 near Airport Road in St. Tammany Parish. Troopers learned Glenn Williams Jr., 33, of Baton Rouge died in the wreck.
The accident happened on Saturday around 12:30 a.m. According to police, Williams was driving a 2001 Cadillac Catera heading eastbound on I-12 in the right lane. At the same time, 60-year-old Rolando J. Rivas was driving a 2016 Freightliner in the left lane when he reached down to retrieve a cell phone which had fallen on the floor.
The crash happened as Williams was driving a 2001 Cadillac Catera eastbound on Interstate 12 in the right lane. LSP reports a 2016 Freightliner driven by Rolando J. Rivas, 60, of Denver, CO. was traveling eastbound in the left lane. Troopers said Rivas reached down to get his cellphone that had fallen on the floor. As Rivas reached for the phone, his tractor trailer traveled from the left lane into the right lane.
After crossing into the right lane, Rivas vehicle crashed into the left side of Williams Cadillac, according to LSP. This caused both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway.
LSP said Williams was ejected from his car. The St. Tammany Parish Coroners Office pronounced Williams deceased at the crash site. Rivas was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore, and was treated for minor injuries.
Troopers do not believe the drivers were impaired during the crash. Blood samples were collected from the drivers and will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis.
Rivas was charged with Improper Lane Use. Troopers will forward their findings to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorneys Office. More charges are possible.
A man was killed in a vehicle crash along Interstate 12 near Slidell early Saturday, Louisiana State Police say.
A tractor-trailer driver reaching for his phone was blamed for a fatal crash Saturday (March 23) on Interstate 12 near Slidell. Louisiana State Police identified the dead man as Glenn Williams Jr., 33, of Baton Rouge.
Police said Williams was driving a 2001 Cadillac Catera east in the right lane near Airport Road at about 12:20 a.m. At the same time, 60-year-old Rolando Rivas of Denver driving east in the left lane in a 2016 Freightliner.
Rivass phone had fallen to the floorboard, police said, and when he reached down to retrieve it his big rig veered right and crashed into Williams car. Both vehicles left the roadway.
Williams was not wearing a seat belt. Ejected from his vehicle, he was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish coroners office.
Rivas was restrained in his vehicle. He was taken to Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore and treated for minor injuries.
Police said they do not think either driver was impaired, but they took blood samples nonetheless. They cited RIvas for improper lane use, and said more charges might be pending.