PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - State troopers say a two vehicle crash has taken the life of an 18-yr-old Gonzales resident. The crash happened on US Hwy 61 at Duplessis Road in Ascension Parish, just before 8:30 pm Friday night.
Investigators say Gerard Cahill, 55, was driving eastbound on Duplessis Road with four passengers in the bed of his pick up truck. Brian Guillot, 32, was driving a pick up truck southbound on US Hwy 61 when Cahill made a right turn onto US Hwy 61. Eric Martin, 18, was sitting on the side of the truck bed when Cahill made the turn and fell out into the southbound lanes of US Hwy 61. Guillot was unable to avoid striking him and hit him as he lay in the street.
Martin suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Neither driver has been cited in the incident and impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash.