TANGIPAHOA, LA (WAFB) - A Mississippi man riding as a passenger in a truck died after the driver turned into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler on a Louisiana highway Tuesday afternoon, according to Louisiana State Police.
The victim was identified as Marcus Ingram, 40, of Tupelo, MS. Troopers said the crash happened at the intersection of LA 1057 and LA 1061 near Tangipahoa around 3 p.m.
Sgt. Nick Manale with LSP reported the investigation showed Mark Konzelman, 29, of Osyka, MS, was driving a 2013 Ford F-150 on LA 1061 and tried to make a left turn onto LA 1057, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic.
According to Manale, an 18-wheeler on LA 1057 slammed into the passenger side of the truck Konzelman was driving. Manale added the impact of the crash sent both vehicles sliding about 200 feet off the road.
Ingram was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office. Konzelman was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the big rig was not hurt.
Manale stated all parties involved were properly buckled up at the time of the crash and impairment is not suspected. However, because there was a death in the accident, a blood sample was taken from Konzelman for toxicology analysis by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Charges have not been filed in the wreck. Manale said investigators will consult with the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney's Office to determine whether Konzelman will be charged.
The investigation into the crash continues.