Friends mourn the deaths of brothers killed in weekend crash

Bryan Payne
Bryan Payne
Mickel Tetreault
Mickel Tetreault

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Two days after a crash that killed two brothers, there were still no charges against the driver of the truck that hit them and while Louisiana State Police continues its investigation into the deadly wreck, those who knew the brothers are remembering the friends they say were taken too soon.

Mickel Tetreault, 20, and Bryan Payne, 22, were died as the result of a head-on collision between their truck and another in Denham Springs Saturday night.

Anthony Mier lit up when talking about Tetreault, his co-worker and friend.

"He was one of those people even when he was mad, he couldn't be mean," Mier said. "He just couldn't do it. He didn't have a mean bone in his body when he was mad."

Mier said Mickel and Payne were mirror images of one another.

"Bryan was a trip, just like Mickel, he was goofy as could be," he explained.

According to Mier, the two brothers were inseparable and both had been working at the Sonic in Watson with Mier and many other friends.

"I've seen siblings close and people close, but I've never seen anybody as close as Mickel and Bryan were," added Mier.

That all changed after a shift at work when, according to state troopers, the truck driven by Samuel Doherty III, 28, of Baton Rouge, hit Payne's truck head-on. Trooper Jared Sandifer said an initial investigation revealed Doherty's truck crossed over the center line on Magnolia Beach Road, causing the accident.

Tetreault, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the crash. Payne, who troopers said was wearing a seatbelt, died Sunday at an area hospital. Doherty has yet to be charged but Sandifer said that could soon change.

"We believe in this case the driver might have been impaired through some kind of controlled dangerous substance," Sandifer said. "The crash is still being investigated at this point pending toxicology results."

The results, however, will do little to comfort Mier and other co-workers who wonder what life will be without Payne and Tetreault.

"This is all Mickel knew was Sonic, the only job he ever had and being as it was like that, we thought we'd have Mickel forever," said Mier.

Tears replace the laughter for the time being at the fast food restaurant, but Mier said if there is some solace to come out of this tragedy, it's that the two brothers who were always together have now begun a new journey arm and arm.

"The best thing about this ending was we all agree that the way they went together was the way they would have wanted it," added Mier.

According to Meir, visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Donations can be made for funeral expenses to the Payne-Tetreault Benefit Account at any area Whitney Bank location.

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