Three Vehicle Crash Claims Life In Baton Rouge Area
A stop to check a tow strap turned fatal when the two vehicles were hit by a third on Monday, report State Police.
53-year-old Timothy Bird and 22-year-old Delvonte Wiley, both of Port Allen, were towing a 2005 GMC Yukon behind a 2000 GMC Sierra. They had stopped in the left westbound lane of US 190 just west of US 61 Baton Rouge to check on the tow strap between the two vehicles when a third vehicle, driven by 33-year-old Chauntel Barnett of Denham Springs, crashed into the Yukon.
The force of the impact caused the Yukon to buck forward, striking Bird, who had gotten out of the Sierra to check the tow strap. Bird was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead. Neither Wiley nor Barnett were injured, according to State Police Trooper Bryan Lee.
The police stated Barnett had collided with the stopped vehicles after trying to steer around them. Toxicology samples were taken from the surviving parties, however, Lee stated that the police do not believe that either driver was impaired at the time of the accident.
Wiley, the driver of the Sierra, was issued a citation for simple obstruction of a highway. As of time of publication, the crash remains under investigation.
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