DeSoto Parish, La — A three vehicle wreck claimed the life of a Virginia man and and seriously injured an East Texas man.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m, on Friday, authorities were dispatched to the I-49 just south of LA Highway 175 to reports of a crash.
Authorities determined a 1999 Western Star tractor trailer driven by James Castleberry, 42, of Queen City, TX, was broken down on the north bound shoulder of Interstate 49 due to transmission problems, when a Dodge Pickup driven by Charles Mitchell, 29, of Emory, TX, ran into the back of the tractor trailer.
The Dodge Pickup then came to a stop, partially blocking the right lane and a Ford Pickup, drive by 68-year-old Larry Richard of Scott, LA, side swiped the Dodge Pickup, lost control, and ran off the the right side of the roadway, then came to a stop.
Charles Mitchell was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash and was seriously injured. Mitchell’s passenger, 30 year-old Jonathon Wallace of Colonial Heights, VA, was also not wearing a seatbelt during the crash and was killed. Mitchell was flown to a local hospital and pronounced dead at the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.
Larry Richard and his passenger Troy Richard, 42, of Edmond, OK were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and were not seriously injured.
Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.