PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A 60 year old driver from northern Louisiana was killed early Tuesday morning after he slammed his pick-up truck into a utility police in lower Plaquemines Parish. Sheriff Lonnie Greco has identified the driver as Rickey Fernandez of Montgomery, LA, which is located north of Alexandria. Fernandez died on the scene of the single-car collision.
The accident happened around 3:15 a.m on Highway 11 near Elizabeth Lane in Buras. According to a preliminary investigation, Fernandez was driving a 2005 Ford pick-up truck north on Highway 11 when, for reasons under investigation, veered off the road and struck a utility pole. The vehicle eventually came to a rest on its passenger side.
Police say Fernandez was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Investigators do not consider speed to be a factor in the crash. Impairment is unknown at this time. An autopsy was performed this morning and toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
Since the crash occurred on a Parish Highway, the accident is being investigated by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit..
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit at 504-564-2525.