Victim identified in deadly US 61 crash; dump truck driver arres - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Victim identified in deadly US 61 crash; dump truck driver arrested

Devante Dixon (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Devante Dixon (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) -

One person was killed in a three-vehicle wreck Monday morning and one of the drivers now faces a homicide charge.

Just after 6 a.m. on Monday, October 24, Louisiana State Police troopers began investigating a three vehicle wreck that occurred at the intersection of US 61 and Flanacher Rd. in East Baton Rouge Parish. Gilbert Rivera, 29, of Baton Rouge was killed as a result of this wreck and Devante Dixon, 26, of St. Francisville was arrested.

The initial investigation by LSP revealed that the wreck happened as Dixon was traveling eastbound on Flanacher Rd. in a 1993 Mack dump truck. The report states that Dixon began to cross the northbound lanes of US 61 and then came to a stop in the median opening with the back end of the dump truck in the left lane of US 61 northbound. 

At the same time, Rivera was traveling northbound in the left lane of US 61 in a 2006 BMW X5. The report says his vehicle struck the rear wheels of the dump truck. The impact caused Rivera's vehicle to rotate counterclockwise into the right lane of US 61 northbound, where it was struck by at 1997 Ford F-150 driven by Gary Sumrall, 59, of Baker.

Rivera was properly restrained at the time of the wreck, but sustained fatal injuries nonetheless. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. Dixon was also properly restrained at the time and sustained minor injuries. Sumrall was not hurt and was also properly restrained.

Impairment is not suspected as a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from all drivers for analysis. 

Dixon was arrested on charges of negligent homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after being released from the hospital.

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