Gulfport man arrested in fatal crash that sent 18-wheeler into Pearl River

Gulfport man arrested in fatal crash that sent 18-wheeler into Pearl River

(WVUE) - Following an extensive investigation into the multi-vehicle fatal hit-and-run crash on the Interstate 10 Middle Pearl River Bridge Tuesday evening, Louisiana State Police troopers, with the help of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, arrested a Gulfport, Miss., man for his involvement in the crash.

Daniel Alex Coy, 25, Coy was taken into custody Thursday and is being held at the Harrison County Sheriff's Office pending extradition to Louisiana. Based on independent witness statements and on-scene evidence, troopers determined that a dark blue Chevrolet Silverado was at fault in the deadly crash, and that Coy was the driver. Coy faces negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and felony hit and run.

On Tuesday shortly after 9:30 p.m., 26-year-old Steven Shawn Clark of Theodore, Ala., was driving an 18-wheeler westbound on Interstate 10 in the left lane. Next to Clark's vehicle, in the right lane, was an 18-wheeler driven by 51-year-old Roberto Torrez of San Antonio, Tex. As the 18-wheelers continued westbound on Interstate 10, Coy tried to pass Torrez's 18-wheeler on the right shoulder. As Coy approached the entrance to the bridge overpass, he abruptly steered to the left to avoid the guardrail and hit the front of Torrez's 18-wheeler on the driver's side.

Following the impact, Torrez's vehicle veered into the left lane and crashed into Clark's vehicle. Clark's 18-wheeler was pushed into and over the left cement barrier before finally crashing into the Pearl River. His remains were recovered by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Dive Team. Clark was pronounced dead on scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.

Following the crash, Coy fled the scene westbound on Interstate 10 toward Slidell.

The investigation is ongoing and any additional charges will be referred to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office.

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