An impaired driver was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after a teen passenger was killed in a fatal wreck in Assumption Parish.
The Louisiana State Police was notified of a two-vehicle fatal crash on an elevated section of U.S. Highway 90 eastbound just east of Amelia shortly before 3 p.m.
The crash killed 19-year-old Lebis Adonal Aguilar.
According to the LSP, the preliminary investigation revealed that 50-year-old Juan Ramos was driving a Lincoln Navigator east in the right lane at a high speed. At the same time ahead of the Lincoln, a Ram 2500 towing a trailer was also traveling east in the right lane.
Ramos failed to slow down as he approached the rear of the vehicle, swerved to the left to avoid a collision, overcorrected and caused the Lincoln to rotate. The Lincoln sideswiped the truck, hit the raised roadside barrier and traveled over the edge of the elevated highway before landing on its roof.
Aguilar, who was a passenger in the Lincoln, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Ramos suffered serious injuries and was transported to a New Orleans area hospital for treatment. Seatbelt use is unknown at this time for the occupants of the Lincoln.
The driver of the RAM was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was uninjured.
While at the hospital, Troopers determined Ramos was impaired and arrested him for driving while impaired, vehicular homicide, careless operation, and driver must be licensed.
A toxicology sample was collected from Ramos and submitted for analysis. The truck driver was determined not to be impaired and voluntarily submitted a breath sample which showed no alcohol detected. This crash remains under investigation.