A two-car collision in Baton Rouge last Saturday resulted in the death of a Memphis man and an injured local preacher.
George Mabon and Reverend John Pitzer were passengers in a Mercedes when it was stuck at the intersection of South Acadian Thruway and North Boulevard. Authorities believe that a southbound Nissan ran the red light and struck the back of the west-traveling Mercedes. Pitzer suffered fractured ribs and was transported to a local hospital. Mabon did not survive the crash.
The unidentified Nissan driver has yet to be charged, pending an ongoing investigation that involves accident reconstruction and the driver’s blood test. However, charges have already been filed on the driver of the Mercedes, John Baur of Memphis, after officers observed visible signs of intoxication at the time of the accident. Responding officers reported that Baur’s eyes were red, his balance unsure, and his breath and person smelled of alcohol. A field sobriety test was conducted and Baur’s blood-alcohol level registered 0.13 percent. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered presumptive evidence of drunk driving. Baur was booked on counts of first-offence DWI and reckless operation, with other possible charges pending.