Driver identified in Friday’s fatal two-vehicle crash on I-10 West
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - A two-vehicle crash Friday led to the death of a Harvey driver, according to Louisiana State Police.
Troopers from Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-10 about 1.5 miles east of LA 397 in Calcasieu Parish at approximately 4:15 p.m. Friday, July 30, according to Derek Senegal, spokesman for Troop D.
UPDATE: The crash claimed the life of Imy Lamar Dixson, 37, of Harvey, according to Senegal.
Senegal said the initial investigation revealed the driver of the BMW was traveling west on I-10 in the outside lane at a much lower rate of speed than the flow of traffic.
The driver of a 2012 Freightliner 18-wheeler was also traveling west in the outside lane on I-10 while following several other vehicles and approaching the slower-moving BMW, according to Senegal.
Senegal said the drivers of the other vehicles were able to take evasive actions and maneuver around the BMW.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was unable to avoid the BMW and struck the rear of it causing both vehicles to run off the roadway to the right, according to Senegal.
Upon exiting the roadway, both vehicles struck several small trees before coming to rest, according to Senegal.
The driver of the BMW sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Senegal.
The passenger in the BMW sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Lafayette area hospital by Acadian Air Med, according to Senegal.
Senegal said seat belt usage on the part of the driver and the passenger in the BMW is unknown due to the severity of the crash.
The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained moderate injuries, according to Senegal.
Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and submitted for analysis, and the crash remains under investigation, according to Senegal.
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