Slidell man killed in early Friday morning crash

Slidell, La.- The Slidell Police Department is investigating a fatal accident Friday morning at the intersection of Front Street and Fremaux Avenue that killed 42-year-old Ronnie Holmes.

It happened around 2 a.m. when Holmes was driving his green 1996 Chevrolet Blazer south on Front Street, at a high rate of speed and without his headlights.

Investigators say as Holmes was approaching the intersection of Fremaux Avenue, he disregarded the red light and struck a white 1998 Chevrolet truck, driven by 23-year-old Jeffrey Broussard.  Broussard was making a left turn onto Front Street at the time of impact.

Police say Holmes was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation determined Holmes to be at fault in the fatal crash.

Police believe that Holmes was impaired, but won't know for sure until the results of a toxicology test are complete.

Broussard sustained minor injuries during the crash.

Police say Broussard was wearing his seat belt at the time of impact, was not impaired and will not be cited or charged.

"If you know you're going to be drinking alcohol, get a designated driver or call a cab.  If for some reason you cannot find a safe ride home, call the Slidell Police Department, and we will provide you a safe ride home.  This option is much better than someone getting behind the wheel of a car, and either killing themselves or someone else.," says Chief Smith.

Chief Smith also wants to remind drivers to wear their seatbelts.

Citizens are asked to call the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 if you need a safe ride home.  This will be offered through the start of the New Year in order encourage drivers to be safe during this holiday season.