Speeding driver killed on I-10 in St. Charles, LSP says

Published 10:31 am Saturday, November 29, 2014

ST. CHARLES PARISH — Speeding on Interstate 10 in St. Charles Parish led to a violent, two-vehicle wreck late Friday and claimed the life of one of the drivers, authorities said.

Louisiana State Police troopers were notified of the crash on I-10 westbound at mile marker 214.4 over the Bonnet Carre Spillway at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday.

The initial investigation revealed, according to Louisiana State Police Trooper Greg Marchand, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Darrell Magee, 56, of Franklinton was traveling westbound on I-10 in the right lane at a high rate of speed.

A 1989 Honda Accord, operated by Patrick D. Dominic, 48, of Baton Rouge was also traveling westbound on I-10 in the right lane in front of the Chevrolet.

“Magee, for reasons under investigation, approached the Honda from behind, swerved to the right and struck the right rear of the Honda,” Marchand said.

“The Chevrolet continued onto the right shoulder, struck the guardrail and traveled back across I-10, striking the Honda a second time. Both vehicles then struck the left guardrail, rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest in the right lane.”

Magee, who was unrestrained, was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Charles Parish Coroner’s Office, Marchand said.

An occupant in Magee’s Chevrolet — Barbara Taylor, 53, of Hammond — was restrained and treated on the scene.

Patrick Dominic and Xavier Dominic, 17, of Baker were each restrained in the Accord and treated on the scene.

“Impairment is suspected on Magee’s part; however, impairment is not suspected on (Patrick) Dominic’s part,” Marchand said. “Blood samples were collected from both for toxicological analyses. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.”