2 people identified in deadly car crash in Livingston Parish following pursuit, officials say

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Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 3:27 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 10:21 PM CST
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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Emergency officials responded to a crash that killed two people following a pursuit on Monday afternoon, November 21, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The crash reportedly happened on LA Hwy 16 north of Sims Road.

According to the sheriff, deputies were attempting to stop a driver who was wanted for outstanding felony warrants. They added the driver refused to stop, crossed the center line, and crashed into another car.

The driver is being treated at a local hospital, officials said. They added his two passengers were killed.

The two passengers have been identified as Cullen Pitre, 25, and Logan McDonald, 27. The driver has been identified as Benjamin Fontenot, 27, and once he has been released from the hospital he will be facing two counts of negligent homicide, two counts of negligent injuring, one count of aggravated flight from an officer, and one count of resisting.

Fontenot is also facing the following charges:

According to the sheriff, the people in the other vehicle are being treated for moderate to serious injuries.

This investigation remains ongoing.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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