CRIME

Prairieville man dies in Interstate 10 crash

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 resulted in the death of a Prairieville man.

Patrick Womack, 30, died at St. Elizabeth Hospital after being transported by ambulance from the scene, according to Louisiana State Police spokesperson Tpr. Russell Graham.

Womack was driving a 2007 Chevrolet truck west on Interstate 10 approaching Hwy. 44 after 11 p.m. Friday when he struck the rear of a 2007 Freightliner, Graham said.

Womack's truck rotated clockwise, ran off the road and overturned into a tree along the north side of the interstate, he said.

The driver of the Freightliner, 33-year-old Sherman Williams of Baton Rouge, was not injured in the crash, Graham said.

Williams reportedly brought the Freightliner to a controlled stop about a quarter of a mile west of the impace on the shoulder.

According to troopers, the preliminary investigation indicates that Womack did not brake or attempt to change lanes before hitting the rear of the Freightliner.

Graham said Womack was unrestrained when the crash occurred.

Troopers did not suspect alcohol use by Williams, though he voluntarily submitted to an intoxication test at the Gonzales Police Department.

Williams had no detectable alcohol in his system, Graham said.

Alcohol use is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash, however, troopers have submitted a sample of Womack's blood to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, according to Graham.