St. John deputy airlifted after drunk driver strikes vehicle on I-10

A 2015 Kia Optima (right), driven by McGirt, crashed into anothe car, pushing it into the marked police unit (left). The Sheriff’s unit traveled across the three lanes of the interstate and came to rest on the right shoulder of I-10.
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A St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Deputy was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital after he was struck by an intoxicated driver while assisting with an accident on I-10 Monday morning.

According to Louisiana State Police, 29-year-old David McGirt struck Sergeant Staty Lewis' vehicle after 5 a.m. on I-10 west at mile post 210.8. Lewis was airlifted to University Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center with moderate injuries. 

"He’s gonna be alright. He will live,” St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre told WWLTV.

Tregre said Lewis is being treated for a broken shoulder blade and other minor injuries. Lewis is expected to be released Monday.

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Tregre said Lewis is an eight year veteran of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office. 

The crash caused a full closure on the westbound lanes of I-10 as officers worked the scene. I-10 west reopened at 7 a.m.

Lewis was investigating a hit-and-run after a Toyota Corolla was sideswiped by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene. The driver of the Corolla suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Lewis returned to his vehicle to retrieve a medical kit and was standing by the driver’s door leaning into the unit at the time of the crash.

State Police say a Toyota Venza stopped in the left lane behind the Lewis' unit and was attempting to merge into the center lane. A Kia Optima, driven by McGirt, then struck the Venza and continued forward and struck the Lewis' vehicle.

The deputy’s vehicle traveled across three lanes and stopped on the right shoulder of I-10.

McGirt was uninjured and arrested for DWI, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and careless operation. He was booked into the St. John the Baptist Parish Jail.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775