Port Allen – Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on March 13, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on I-10 eastbound west of LA Hwy 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The crash took the life of 26 year old Roberto-Carlos Rivas of Dallas, Texas.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 24-year-old Devin Spence of Carriere, MS was driving a 2012 Chevrolet van eastbound on I-10 in the right lane. At the same time, 39-year-old Demetrius Brown of Houston, Texas, was also driving eastbound in the right lane in a 2009 Freightliner tractor-trailer.
Brown was slowing his tractor-trailer due to traffic congestion in front of him. Spence was traveling directly behind the Freightliner, and he attempted to take evasive action by changing lanes as the tractor-trailer slowed. As he entered the left lane, the front right of his Chevy struck the left rear of the trailer causing the van to overturn.
Rivas (the front seat passenger in Spence’s Chevy) was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. It is unknown at this time whether or not Rivas was properly restrained. Both Spence and Brown were properly restrained and received only minor to moderate injuries.
Upon being released from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge Spence will be booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail for negligent homicide.
Driver impairment is not suspected at this time; however, toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Although not all crashes are survivable, Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always
remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained.
Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.