David Vitter involved in minor traffic accident

David Vitter involved in minor traffic accident

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter was involved in a minor traffic accident near Veterans Boulevard and Carrollton Avenue in Metairie.

It happened Friday around 12:05 p.m.

Vitter was in a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by a staffer, 36 year-old Courtney Gaustella, when the car struck a 2011 Honda Civic, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the Civic complained of hand pain, but refused medical attention.

Neither Vitter nor Gaustella were injured. A spokesman for Vitter's campaign said Vitter was headed to a lunch meeting. Vitter's driver was cited for improper lane usage.

In response to media inquiries, the Sheriff's Office released a statement about Vitter's actions after the accident. It reads, in part:

"David Vitter did not remain on the scene after the accident he was involved in occurred.  He did provide his information to the driver of his vehicle, who in turn, gave that information to the investigating officer.  Mr. Vitter's actions were not a violation of state law.  As in any other accident investigation, we would ask that Mr. Vitter avail himself to the investigating officer in order for us to obtain a statement from him regarding this incident."

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