Fatal crash

Just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a fatal crash involving four vehicles on I-10 about 4 miles west of Vinton in Calcasieu Parish.

A 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 76-year-old Mario De La Cruz of Anahuac, TX, was traveling east in the west bound lanes of I-10 when he struck a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 52-year-old Timothy C. Mullins of Gonzales.

After the initial impact, the Chevrolet driven by De La Cruz struck a westbound 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 83 year old Gabriel Prejean of Vinton, LA, head-on.

The impact caused Prejean’s pickup truck to strike a 2004 Lexus GS 300 driven by 61-year-old Harold D. Zimmerman of Katy, TX.

Prejean was properly restrained, but sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

De La Cruz, who was properly restrained, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Lake Charles area hospital for treatment.

Both Mullins and Zimmerman were property restrained and were not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.

Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

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