ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police has arrested a man in connection with a fatal 11 vehicle crash on I-10 near Gonzales Wednesday night.
Investigators are still clearing the debris from the shoulder of the road.
Sgt. Bryan Lee says John White, 56, of Ecru, Mississippi, was booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center on one count of negligent homicide and 18 counts of negligent injuring. Additional charges are pending against White as the crash remains under investigation.
Lee says Julie Holmes, 46, of Gonzales, died at the scene as a result of injures suffered in the crash.
“It was like a demolition derby,” Carla Hairston, who saw the wrecked cars, said. “In truth, I’m shocked there wasn’t more than one fatality.”
Investigators say the crash happened around 9 p.m. on November 7 while traffic was stopped on I-10 E, east of LA 73 in Ascension Parish due to a previous a crash.
White failed to stop his 18-wheeler and caused a chain reaction crash with 11 vehicles, according to Lee. Police say they do not believe White was drunk or high.
“The vast majority of our accidents on the interstate are a product of distracted driving,” DOTD communications director Rodney Mallett said. “It only takes half of a second to change your life, someone else’s life, or maybe even end a life. You can’t get that back. Pay attention.”