4 dead in separate Friday car crashes
State Police and NOPD have their hands full investigating four separate fatal car accidents that happened across Louisiana Friday.
According to investigators, 34-year-old Cory Castro of Baton Rouge was driving eastbound when for unknown reasons he traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. Castro's 2007 Suburban ignited upon impact, and was engulfed in flames. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Coroner's Office.
Due to the fire, it is undetermined at this time if Castro was unrestrained or if impairment was a factor. The crash remains under investigation, and toxicology reports are pending.
St. Charles Parish -- At approximately 5:10 p.m. Friday, State Police from Troop B responded to a fatal accident that killed a 60-year-old motorcyclist on LA 18 near Airport Lane.
Troopers say that William Ziebel of Waggaman was traveling eastbound on a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane striking the front of an 18-Wheeler.
Russell Mason of Marrero was driving a 2012 Freightliner westbound when Ziebel approached a right-hand curve, and failed to stay in his lane striking the Freightliner head-on. Ziebel sustained life-threatening injuries, and was transported to St. Charles Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to investigators, Ziebel was wearing a novelty helmet, one that is not D.O.T. approved. Speed is suspected on Ziebel's part, and it is unknown at this time if impairment is a factor.
Mason was restrained and uninjured. Impairment is not suspected on his part. Routine toxicology reports are pending on both Ziebel and Mason, and the investigation is on-going.
New Orleans -- NOPD is investigating two separate fatal car accidents that happened late Friday night leaving an unidentified man and a 30-year-old motorcylist dead.
The first incident happened around 10 p.m. Friday on the 1-610 just before the St. Bernard Ave. exit.
Police say the driver of a black Chevy Camaro stated that he was heading eastbound in the middle lane when he experienced a blowout of one of his rear tires. The driver lost control of his vehicle and began spinning out-of-control when the 30-year-old cyclist rear ended the vehicle.
The cyclist was ejected from the motorcyle, and was pronounced dead on the scene. This investigation is on-going. There have been no citations issued nor have any charges been filed at this time.
At nearly the same time a pedestrian was killed near the intersection of Chef Menteur Hwy. and Michoud Blvd.
According to investigators, around 10:05 p.m. Friday, a 76-year-old man was traveling westbound on Chef Hwy. in a tan Chevy Pickup truck in the far right lane. For unknown reasons, a male pedestrian walked into his lane of travel.
The pedestrian was struck, and was thrown several feet from the intial impact. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The 76-year-old driver was not cited in this accident.
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