Family mourns driver who died Sunday in Causeway accident

Causeway wreck victim remembered

(WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Coroner's office has identified the driver who died in a Sunday morning accident on the Causeway.

Evan Jefferson, 33, was killed when the vehicle he was driving went through a guardrail on the southbound Causeway plunged into Lake Pontchartrain.

The accident happened just after 3 a.m. Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies, St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies, Causeway police and a dive team worked to pull the vehicle from the water.

General Manager of the Causeway Commission Carlton Dufrechou confirmed that Jefferson was found deceased inside the vehicle.

Officers who responded to the scene noticed over 100 feet of railing was missing as a result of the accident.

Jefferson leaves behind a 5-month-old boy and 21-month-old girl.

"Evan and I thought we had time, but we didn't," Evan's wife Laura Gonzales-Jefferson said. "He was just a beautiful soul, just such a wonderful man."

She was out of town visiting family when the crash happened. She believes her husband was traveling to the north shore to deliver furniture and came back after visiting with friends in the area.

Gonzales-Jefferson also weighed in on the issue of safety on the Causeway Bridge.

"Evan was about doing things in life. He did things, and if we can do things to help people keep their families together while they're traveling to and from, that is what we should do in this world because we are delicate beautiful creatures on this planet, all humans," she said. "If we can give people everyday that they have with their families, that is the most precious gift."

The family has set up a gofundme account in Jefferson's honor to help with funeral costs. Jefferson's church, Harbor Community in New Orleans, also plans to host a toy drive to provide for his two children this Christmas.

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