Kenner man killed on I-10 in St. John

Published 12:06 pm Sunday, June 1, 2014

LAPLACE — A Kenner man was killed this morning following a wreck on Interstate 10 in which authorities said he was driving the wrong way.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash on I-10 at mile post 201.

Patrick Sullivan, 54, of Kenner was killed as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed Sullivan was driving a 2011 Hyundai Elantra east in the westbound lanes of I-10 near mile post 201, state police said.

The Hyundai then struck a 2007 International truck, driven by Glenn Lampton, 30, of New Orleans, on the left side. Sullivan was taken to St. James Parish Hospital, where he later died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Lampton had minor injuries and refused aid on the scene, state police said.

“The crash remains under investigation; however, troopers suspect Sullivan was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” a release from state police said. “Toxicology tests will be performed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Impairment is not suspected for Lampton. All lanes on I-10 were reopened at approximately 6:15 a.m. today.”

Following the fatal wreck, troopers stressed they continue to see people killed and injured in crashes that are preventable.

“Getting behind the wheel impaired does not occur by accident, and troopers across the state are searching for impaired drivers on our roads,” a release said. “Impaired drivers will be arrested and will face jail time, community service and thousands of dollars in fines.

“We encourage everyone to have a plan in place to ensure that you and other motorists on the road get home safely. Also, lack of seat belt usage has been a primary factor in many serious injury and fatal crashes. As a reminder, all passengers must be properly restrained regardless of seating position.”

Troopers rely heavily on the public to keep authorities informed of possibly impaired drivers, hazardous situations and anyone needing help.

Contact Louisiana State Police by calling *LSP (*577) and report the dangerous activity.