St. James man one of 2 killed in fatal Sunday wreck

Published 7:38 am Monday, February 6, 2017

Two men, including one from St. James Parish, were killed Sunday during a violent, one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 10.

Louisiana State Police identified the victims as 23-year-old Jared Cunningham of St. James and 39-year-old Jeremy Jenkins of Baton Rouge.

Troop A began investigating the crash on Interstate 10 westbound, west of Louisiana 73 in Ascension Parish, shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Cunningham was traveling westbound on I-10 in a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado.

For reasons still under investigation, Cunningham lost control of his vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway into the median. Cunningham’s vehicle began to overturn and came to a stop after striking a tree.

Cunningham and Jenkins were unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office.

Impairment is suspected to be a factor and a toxicology sample will be taken from Cunningham for analysis, State Police said.