Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on October 13, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 east of US Hwy 61 in St. James Parish.
The crash claimed the lives of 45-year-old David Curtis of New Orleans and 55-year-old Herbert Fernandez of Springfield.
The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Curtis was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 in a 2004 Nissan Armada. At the same time, Fernandez was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in a 2019 Freightliner Cascade. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan ran off the roadway to the left and crossed the median. After crossing the median, the Nissan entered the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 and struck the Freightliner.
Curtis was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Fernandez was properly restrained at the time of the crash; however, he also sustained fatal injuries. He was also pronounced deceased on the scene.
As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.