One dead, three injured in Interstate 10 crash

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – A Gonzales man died and another was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Gonzales late Friday night.

Jonathan Harelson, 22, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from one of the vehicles, according to Louisiana State Police. He sustained severe head injuries.

His passenger, 20-year-old Victor Cross III, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office.

Harelson was driving a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck east on Interstate 10 west of Hwy. 30 at a high rate of speed when he attempted to pass a 1998 Lincoln Navigator on the right, according to Trooper Russell Graham.

Harelson attempted to move into the left lane in front of the Navigator and struck its right front fender with the left rear fender of the truck, Graham said.

Both vehicles ran off the road to the left and entered a wooded area in the media, he said.

The pickup truck rotated counter-clockwise and struck a large tree on the passenger side.

The two occupants of the Navigator were properly restrained and sustained minor injuries, according to Graham.

Debbie Massicott-Henry, 39, and Martin Massicott, 62, both of Fort Worth, Texas, were treated and released from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, Graham said.

Troopers suspect that Harelson was impaired when the crash occurred and have submitted blood samples to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.