83-Year-Old Killed by Impaired Driver While Tending to Disabled Vehicle

Published 1:12 pm Saturday, January 8, 2022

Jefferson Parish – On January 8, 2022, shortly after 3:30 am, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to two-vehicle crash on US 90B elevated near Barataria Boulevard (MP #5.2). This crash ultimately claimed the life of 83-year-old Curtis Williams of New Orleans.

The initial investigation revealed that Williams was tending to a disabled 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, in the right lane of the elevated portion of US 90B east, with the emergency flashers activated. Williams was standing on the driver’s side near rear of the Chrysler when a 2014 Nissan Altima, driven by 36-year-old Adrian Major, struck the rear of the Chrylser. During the events of the crash, the Nissan also struck Williams.

Williams sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Major suffered minor injuries, was evaluated and released by medical personnel at the scene.

During the course of the investigation, Troopers determined that Major was impaired and he was placed under arrest. Major was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation and Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Driver’s License.

Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Impairment continues to be a leading cause of fatal crashes. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink. LSP also recommends that if your vehicle becomes disabled in an unsafe location, remain in your vehicle, seat belted until law enforcement or motorist assistance arrives.