Dump truck driver arrested after fatal three-vehicle crash in Zachary
ZACHARY – A dump truck driver was arrested after a fatal three-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 61 and Flanacher Road.
The crash resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Deante Dixon and the death of 29-year-old Gilbert Rivera. The crash occurred on Monday around 6 a.m. when Dixon was traveling east bound on Flanacher Road in a Mack dump truck. Dixon began to cross the northbound lanes of US 61 and came to a stop in the median opening, with the rear of his dump truck in the left lane of US 61 northbound.
At the same time, Rivera was traveling northbound in the left lane of US 61 in a BMW. Rivera's vehicle struck the rear wheels and the dump bed of Dixon's vehicle. The impact caused Rivera's vehicle to rotate counter clockwise into the right lane of US 61 northbound and struck a Ford F-150 driven by 59-year-old Gary Sumrall.
Rivera was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash but sustained fatal injuries as a result. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dixon was arrested for negligent homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign. He will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail upon release from being treated for minor injuries.
Both Dixon and Sumrall were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash but toxicology samples will be taken from each driver for analysis.
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