This morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A were called to investigate multiple fatal crashes in Ascension and Livingston Parish. These crashes occurred less than two hours apart and resulted in the death of two people.
Burnside – The first crash occurred shortly before 5:00 a.m. on July 26, 2017 in the intersection of LA 44 and LA 22 in Ascension Parish. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 36 year old Andrew Jones Jr. of Donaldsonville was traveling eastbound on LA 22 in a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. At the same time, 27 year old Christofer Zarazua-Flores of Baton Rouge was traveling southbound on LA 44 in a 2008 Nissan Altima. For reasons still under investigation, Zarazua-Flores failed to stop for a red signal and struck Jones’ vehicle in the intersection.
Jones 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 at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Zarazua-Flores was properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries in the crash. Impairment is not suspected, but a toxicology sample will be taken from both Zarazua-Flores and Jones for analysis.
This crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.
Watson – Troopers were notified of the second crash shortly after 6:00 a.m. on July 26, 2017 when someone noticed a crashed vehicle in the wooded area along LA 1024 east of LA 16 in Livingston Parish. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 35 year old James Ganey II of Denham Springs was traveling westbound on LA 1024 in a 2001 Ford F-150. Ganey was traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a culvert. The vehicle became airborne and began to rotate. The roof of the pickup struck a large tree causing severe damage to the vehicle.
Ganey was properly restrained but sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample was taken from Ganey for analysis.