Two dead after head-on crash in West Baton Rouge; impairment suspected
ROSEDALE - Two people are dead following a head-on crash in West Baton Rouge Parish Sunday morning.
According to Louisiana State Police, the two-vehicle crash happened around 5:00 a.m. on LA 76 west of LA 413.
The crash claimed the life of 47-year-old Joseph Marshall and 28-year-old Raphael Pryer of Maringouin.
Through the initial investigation, State Police determined that the crash occurred as Marshall was traveling westbound on LA 76 in a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country. Pryer was traveling eastbound on LA 76 in a 2007 Nissan Altima at the same time.
For reasons still under investigation, Marshall crossed the center line and struck Pryer's vehicle head-on in the eastbound lane of LA 76, according to State Police.
Pryer was wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office.
Marshall was also wearing a seatbelt and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Impairment is suspected on the part of Marshall. A standard toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis.