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One dead, local priest injured after Saturday crash

1 year 4 days 13 hours ago May 22, 2016 May 22, 2016 Sunday, May 22 2016 May 22, 2016 3:56 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – One person is dead and a local priest is recovering from injuries after a crash on North Boulevard Saturday night.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Traffic Homicide Unit, the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3400 block of North Blvd. Police say a Mercedes C300 attempted to turn onto South Acadian Thruway when it was struck by a Nissan Maxima.

Police believe the driver of the Maxima ran a red light before striking the Mercedes.

54-year-old George Mabon from Memphis, Tennessee, was a passenger in the Mercedes and was transported to a local hospital where he later died. A second passenger and the driver of the Mercedes were also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sources say that Father John Pitzer of St. James Episcopal Church was the passenger that was injured. St. James Episcopal Church posted a request for prayers on its website Sunday as Pitzer recovers from a “serious automobile accident.”

According to the church’s post, Pitzer was returning from a gathering with friends and relatives from other states when the car he was riding in was struck broadside at an intersection.

Pitzer remains in critical care due to a few fractured bones and bruising, but the church says that he is going to be okay.

The driver of the Mercedes, 69-year-old John Baur, was later booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of DWI and Reckless Operation.

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