LA Man Glenn Williams Jr ID’d As Victim In Saturday Fatal Cadillac-VS- Semi ‘Distracted Driver’ Ejection Crash
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SLIDELL, LA. (THECOUNT) — Glenn Williams Jr., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Saturday morning two-vehicle crash in St. Tammany Parish.
Williams, 33, was operating a Cadillac Catera traveling on Interstate 12 near Airport Road when the fatal crash occurred after 12 a.m. Saturday in Slidell.
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State Police say, a Freightliner semi-truck operated by Rolando J. Rivas, 60, of Denver, CO. was traveling eastbound in the left lane when he became distracted by a dropped cell phone. As Rivas reached for the phone, his tractor trailer traveled into opposing lanes and collided with Williams’ Cadillac.
The impact caused both vehicles to exit the right side of the roadway.
Williams was ejected from his vehicle during the violent collision.
He was pronounced dead of multiple blunt for trauma injuries at the scene.
Rivas was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore, and was treated for minor injuries, reports WAFB.
Troopers do not believe impairment played a role in the crash, however, blood samples were collected from the drivers and will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis.
Rivas was cited at the scene and charged with “Improper Lane Use,” according to police.
Troopers will forward their findings to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office. More charges are possible.
Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved man:
The investigation is ongoing.
Geo quick facts: Slidell is a city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.
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