Bond set at $253,500 for driver who caused crash that killed Ironman contestant

Howard Vidrine (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
Howard Vidrine (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - A 34-year-old man is being held on a $253,500 bond after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist with his vehicle. The victim was an Atlanta firefighter who was in New Orleans to participate in Sunday's Ironman competition.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the incident happened on Friday, April 11 at roughly 10:15 a.m. Frank Guinn, 36, his 40-year-old brother-in-law and an unidentified female, were riding bicycles in the eastbound lane of Chef Menteur. Witnesses say the men were hit by a white Chevy Cruze.

Guinn was pronounced dead at the scene. His brother-in-law was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The female was not injured.

"Sergeant Guinn's brothers and sisters in Atlanta Fire Rescue are devastated at this news," said Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran in a press release. "He was a dedicated professional and devoted to his family. As a Department, we will wrap our collective arms around his wife Kim and his three beautiful girls.

The driver of the vehicle, Howard Vidrine, was arrested at the scene and was booked for negligent homicide, negligent injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving on a suspended driver's license. He is being held in the Orleans Parish Prison.

According to prison recordings, Vidrine had an outstanding warrant from the Gretna Police Department.

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