KENNER, La. (WVUE) - Kenner Police say a woman is dead and a man is critically injured after three vehicles were engulfed in flames near Loyola Drive Friday morning.
According to investigators, witnesses observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed westbound on I-10 before exiting the Loyola Dr. Exit ramp. As the driver approached the intersection, he lost control of the vehicle, swerved under the interstate and struck a parked vehicle belonging to a construction worker.
The first vehicle caught fire and soon engulfed the second vehicle and a third vehicle parked under the interstate.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the driver still in the vehicle and managed to pull him to safety with the help of a witness at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
After the Kenner Fire Department extinguished the flames, a woman was found between the first vehicle and the second vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kenner Police later identified the driver as 47-year-old Joseph Lewis and his passenger as 35-year-old Charmaine Wallace. According to family members, Lewis and Wallace were in a ‘in a very loving relationship’.
According to investigators, Lewis was on his way home from picking up Wallace from her overnight shift at her job. It is believed that Lewis, who family members say suffers from severe seizures, may have had a seizure while driving and it led to the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
If anyone has any information that would aid with the investigation, they are asked to contact Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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