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LSP: 1 dead after wreck involving tow truck in Iberville Parish

7 years 1 week 5 days ago Wednesday, March 09 2016 Mar 9, 2016 March 09, 2016 12:20 PM March 09, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

WHITE CASTLE - State Police reported a crash in Iberville Parish that left one dead after a car ran a stop sign and was hit by a tow truck.

Troopers identified the victim of the wreck as 19-year-old Orthello Batiste, of White Castle.

State Police say the crash happened on LA 1 at the intersection of Corporal Herman Brown Jr Street as Batiste failed to yield at a stop sign while traveling westbound. His vehicle was struck by a tow truck driven by 36-year-old Russell Gerace Jr.

Batiste was wearing a seatbelt, but he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office. The passenger in Batiste’s vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt, and they received serious injuries in the crash. The tow truck driver received only minor injuries.

Impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from both drivers for analysis at the State Police Crime Lab.

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