Slidell Police investigating accident involving student driver injured by suspected drunk driver

Slidell Police investigating accident involving student driver injured by suspected drunk driver
The Slidell Police Department is investigating an accident that took place near Brownswitch and Robert Road. (Source: Slidell Police Department)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Slidell Police Department is investigating an accident that took place near Brownswitch and Robert Blvd. involving a student driver and a man suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Slidell PD is on the scene of a very serious motor vehicle accident at the Brownswitch/ Robert Rd roundabout. There are...

Posted by Slidell Police Department on Thursday, August 13, 2020

The department reported several injuries, including some serious.

The driver of the black Jeep was suspected of driving impaired and was placed under arrest, according to a Facebook post by the Slidell Police Department.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 13), a 17-year-old student driver, and her instructor, were traveling east on Brownswitch Road in a 2015 Nissan Versa. As they approached the roundabout, at the intersection of Brownswitch Road and Robert Boulevard, they began to yield in order to travel south on to Robert Boulevard.

As they were merging, a 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by 34-year-old, Jarrod Sciacca, was traveling north on Robert Boulevard. For unknown reasons, Sciacca was traveling in the opposing lane at a high rate of speed, estimated between 50 -60 miles per hour by police, and struck the Nissan Versa, head-on.

Student Driver and Instructor Critically Injured in Head-on Collision – Suspected Impaired Driver Arrested
Student Driver and Instructor Critically Injured in Head-on Collision – Suspected Impaired Driver Arrested (Source: Slidell Police Department)

Sciacca’s jeep flipped onto its side and struck a 2018 Toyota Highlander, which was also traveling through the roundabout. The driver of the Toyota Highlander suffered minor injuries.

The Nissan Versa came to rest at the opposite end of the roundabout and caught fire. Several good citizens stopped and rushed to render aid to the student driver and the driving instructor.

The owner of a nearby mechanic shop extinguished the flames, while others pulled the occupants out of the wreckage. Both occupants were rushed to University Medical Center in New Orleans with critical injuries. They both suffered multiple broken bones, fractures, and head injuries.

Both females are expected to survive but have a very long road to recovery. officer said.

Sciacca, who was not injured, was suspected of being impaired and was placed under arrest. Sciacca was charged with two counts of first-degree negligent injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a suspended license.

Sciacca was booking into the Slidell City Jail, but has since been transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.

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