LaPlace resident killed following early-morning Jefferson Parish crash

Published 10:09 am Friday, February 1, 2019

METAIRIE — Two St. John the Baptist Parish drivers were involved in a fatal crash this morning in Jefferson Parish that left a LaPlace resident dead, police said.

Preliminary investigation from Louisiana State Police Troop B indicates Noel Reese, 37, of LaPlace was driving a Dodge Challenger west on Interstate 10 at Causeway Boulevard and, for reasons under investigation, struck the left concrete barrier.

Following the initial crash, the Dodge became disabled across the left and center lanes.

A GMC Yukon, driven by 39-year-old Roland Parquette Jr. of Garyville, was traveling in the center lane of I-10 west and struck the Dodge on its left side.

Reese was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The passenger in the Dodge, 36-year-old Jacob Jones, and Parquette were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Impairment is unknown at this time, State Police said, and a toxicology test will be performed during the autopsy. The crash remains under investigation.