Church worker killed in Healing Place car crash

Staff Report

 A Gonzales man working on a sign installation at the Healing Place Church on Highland Road was struck and killed by a car Sunday morning, State Police reported.

Jordon Gautreau, 22, was struck and killed around 7 a.m. after a BMW 335 driven by Peter Moore, 42, of Baton Rouge, sideswiped another vehicle while attempting to make a left turn into the church parking lot, Troop A spokesman TFC Russell Graham II said in a release.

A 2003 Toyota Highlander driven by Katherine Taylor, 51, of Baton Rouge, was traveling north on Highland Road when the BMW pulled into her Toyota’s path, Graham said.

The sideswiped Toyota then ran off the road to right, striking Gautreau, who was standing on the east edge of the roadway installing the sign, Graham reported.

Gautreau, a staff member of the church, was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office.

Moore was charged with failure to yield, Graham said.

Graham said troopers do not suspect impairment to have played a part in the wreck. Both drivers submitted breath samples to the Intoxilyzer 5000, showing no detectable alcohol in their systems. A sample of Gautreau’s blood was also submitted for chemical analysis to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.

Troopers are still investigating the crash and additional charges are possible, according to the release.

The pastor of the church located just outside Ascension Parish, Dino Rizzo, asked for support from the community  a media release following the accident.