Driver identified in Whiskey Bay fatal crash

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Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:04 AM by Jillian Washington
Updated: Mar 2, 2012 8:04 AM
Source: LSP

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WHISKEY BAY - Louisiana State Police have identified the motorcyclist killed Thursday in an accident along Interstate 10 at the Whiskey Bay Bridge.

Troopers say 64-year-old Phillip Rizzo of Lincoln County, OR, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The multi-vehicle accident happened just after 5 p.m. on the westbound side of the interstate.

Investigators say an 18-wheeler swerved in the roadway, striking Rizzo's motorcycle and three other vehicles.

No one else was injured in the crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, James Bennett, faces charges of reckless operation and vehicular homicide.

The accident shut down I-10 for more than three hours.

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