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Elderly Man Killed in Accident on the Ponchartrain Expressway

October 15, 2013

(October 14, 2013) New Orleans Police Fatality Section is investigating a fatality that left a 70-year-old man dead. The accident occurred shortly after 4pm, on Interstate 10 East near the Airline Highway exit.  

The driver of a late model Silver Lexus SUV made an erratic exit off the interstate. The SUV slammed into the rear of White Toyota who was travelling westbound near the Airline Highway exit. The driver of the Lexus lost control of the vehicle and collided with a concrete barrier dividing the bridge. Witnesses said they observed the Lexus travelling at a high rate of speed. The male driver of the SUV was pronounced dead on the scene while his 67-year-old female passenger was transported to the hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

The female driver of the white Toyota was not seriously injured in the crash.

No charges have been filed in this accident. A full Toxicology exam will be performed.

Fatality Investigator Melvin Hunter is in charge of the investigation.


Officer Frank B. Robertson, III

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Last updated: 10/15/2013 12:21:07 PM

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