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 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.
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.
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.
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 charged with Improper Lane Use. Troopers will forward their findings to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorneys Office. More charges are possible.
SLIDELL- State Police report one person was killed in a fatal two-vehicle crash on I-12 in St. Tammany Parish early Saturday morning.
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.
As Rivas reached for the phone, his tractor-trailer traveled from the left lane into the right striking the left side of Williams vehicle.
Williams was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from his vehicle. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Rivas was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore and was treated for minor injuries.
Authorities believe impairment was not a factor, but blood samples were collected from both drivers and submitted to the crime lab for analysis.