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Three weekend accidents turn fatal

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 1:23pm

LOUISIANA (FOX44) — Three fatal accidents occurred over the weekend. The first happened on Friday, Sept. 16 and claimed the life of a man from Walker.

State Police say Joseph Nadeau, 73, was stopped on the southbound shoulder of I-55 near Kentwood for unknown reasons and got out of his truck. Troopers believe that’s when he was hit by an SUV driven by Judy Thompson, 40 of Brandon MS. Nadeau was airlifted to a hospital, but later died as a result of his injuries. Thompson was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was uninjured.

The second fatal crash happened the next night, Saturday, Sept. 17. A three vehicle accident claimed the life of a man from Marksville in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Louisiana State Police say Nicky Voinche, 56, of Marksville was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which happened shortly after 6 a.m.

Officials say the accident happened on LA 1 at LA 972 and involved three vehicles. Brian Major, 54, of Jarreau was slowing to make a right turn on LA 972 when a truck driven by Joseph Capps, 35, of New Roads, veered to the left to avoid hitting the back of Major as he slowed for the turn. When that happened Capps was sideswiped and ended up hitting the truck driven by Voinche head on.

Voinche was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at Pointe Coupee General Hospital. Capps, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Jarreau was wearing a seatbelt and did not suffer any injuries.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in any of these accidents.

The third case happened on Hoo Shoo Too Road on Sunday, Sept. 18. The single car crash took the life of a 43-year-old man.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says Reginald Johnson was ejected from his vehicle after went off the road and hit a tree. Johnson was taken to a local hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Deputies are still investigating this case to determine if alcohol as a contributing factor.

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