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2 motorists killed in back-to-back crashes on St. Charles’ West Bank

KILLONA — A main highway running through the River Region’s West Bank was twice the scene of deadly crashes this weekend, according to Louisiana State Police.

Todd Cashio, 33, of Thibodaux was pronounced dead Sunday night, the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in St. Charles Parish.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mack dump truck driven by 47-year-old Sylvester Hubbard of New Orleans was disabled on Louisiana 3127, partially blocking the left lane and median opening.

A Nissan Altima, driven by Cashio, was traveling south on Louisiana 3127 and struck the right rear of the dump truck, forcing the Nissan off the road into a ditch.

Cashio was wearing a seat belt and pronounced dead on the scene.

State Police said impairment in unknown and toxicology tests are pending an autopsy.

Hubbard was not injured and showed no signs of impairment, authorities said, adding he voluntarily submitted to a blood test. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab will determine those results.

Saturday

Troopers responded to a fatal crash Saturday, which occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Louisiana 3127 in St. Charles Parish.

The initial investigation indicated a Ford dump truck driven by 56-year-old Harold Belonga of New Orleans was traveling south on Louisiana 3127 near South Fashion Boulevard as traffic was stopped in that area due to an enforcement vehicle and officer removing roadway debris.

For unknown reasons, Belonga did not observe the stopped traffic and began braking too late for the size and weight of the truck, State Police said.

Belonga swerved to the left, entered the grassy median and overturned on the guardrail. The dump truck then caught on fire.

Belonga was pronounced dead on the scene.

As the truck was swerving to the left, the second axle tire detached and struck a Toyota Highlander. No injuries were reported from the Toyota’s occupants.