Driver arrested after passenger is killed in single-vehicle crash

Driver arrested after passenger is killed in single-vehicle crash

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police are investigating an early morning single-vehicle crash in that claimed the life of a Baton Rouge man.

State Police say the accident happened just after 3 a.m. Friday on LA 30 west of LA 327 in East Baton Rouge Parish.

According to State Police, an initial investigation revealed that a 2009 Dodge Caravan driven by 33-year-old Sean Hopkins was traveling westbound on LA 30 at a high rate of speed when his vehicle veered off of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a guardrail and came to a stop in the tree line.

Hopkins, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

Hopkins' passenger, 32-year-old Christopher Holeman, who also was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Impairment is expected to be a contributing factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was taken from Hopkins and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Hopkins has been arrested for vehicular homicide, reckless operation and driving under suspension. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

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