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Gulfport man arrested in deadly I-10 hit and run

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 05 2015 Nov 5, 2015 November 05, 2015 5:45 PM November 05, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

SLIDELL - State Police said authorities arrested a Mississippi man for causing a deadly wreck on I-10 West Tuesday evening on I-10 and then fleeing the scene.

Troopers said 25-year-old Daniel Alex Coy of Gulfport was taken into custody Thursday in Harrison County, Miss. and is awaiting extradition back to Louisiana.

State Police said around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Coy was driving a pickup west on I-10 behind two 18-wheelers near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Troopers said Coy tried to pass one of the big rigs on the right shoulder of the interstate, but had to swerve back onto the road to avoid hitting a bridge overpass guardrail. Troopers said Coy's pickup hit one of the 18-wheelers, which in turn crashed into the second truck.

LSP investigators said the second truck, driven by Steven Clark of Theodore, Ala., was pushed through a cement barrier and crashed into the Pearl River below the interstate. Clark died in the wreck and his remains were later recovered by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office dive team.

Troopers said Coy fled the scene west on I-10 toward Slidell.

"The poor decisions made by a reckless driver have forever changed the lives of the Clark family," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent on Thursday. "Whereas the loss of life will never be forgotten, we are grateful to have brought Mr. Coy to justice for his actions."

The wreck caused I-10 to be shut down for hours while crews worked to investigate the scene and remove the wreckage. Clark's 18-wheeler is still submerged in the Pearl River according to authorities, who said work to remove it will begin Thursday night. State Police said they will try to use equipment in the center median so as not to impact interstate traffic, but if those don't work other plans will have to be made which could lead to lanes being closed.

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