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Loranger man dies in head-on crash

3 years 8 months 1 week ago January 12, 2013 Jan 12, 2013 Saturday, January 12 2013 January 12, 2013 12:36 PM in News
Source: La. State Police
By: Troy Gaulden

LORANGER, La. - A 24-year-old man was killed in a car crash on LA 1062 north of LA 40 in Loranger around 7 p.m. Friday, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Nick Manale.

Rowdy Dunnington was traveling north on LA 1062 in a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage. For unknown reasons, the Mitsubishi drifted across the center line and entered the southbound lane of the roadway directly into the path of a 2000 Toyota pickup truck traveling south.

The two vehicles impacted in a head-on collision in the southbound lane of LA 1062, according to Manale.

The driver of the Toyota pickup, 56-year-old Jerry Schellhaas, also of Loranger, was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and received no injuries.

Schellhaas submitted to a breath alcohol test showing no detectable signs of alcohol in his system.

Dunnington was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Troopers additionally discovered that the Mitsubishi's driver side airbag had already deployed in a previous crash and was not operable.

Dunnington was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.

Driver impairment is unknown at this time pending the results of a toxicology examination, according to Manale.


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