1 killed, 3 injured from head-on crash in St. James Parish; impairment suspected
ST. JAMES, LA — Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, a St. James man was killed and three others seriously injured as two vehicles struck head-on in St. James Parish.
The investigation revealed that a 2004 Jeep Liberty was traveling south on LA 18 approaching a right curve in the road. The Liberty was being driven by Julio Cuxum of Baton Rouge, LA. As the Liberty exited the right curve in the road, it entered the northbound lane and struck a 2004 Infinity I35 head-on that was traveling north on LA 18.
The Infinity was being driven by Antonio Harrison, 52, of St. James, LA. Harrison, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. James Parish Coroner’s Office. Cuxum, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales with serious injuries. Two passengers in the Infinity, who were not wearing seat belts, were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.
Alcohol use is suspected to be factor in the crash for Cuxum. Blood was drawn from Cuxum and the test results will be pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Routine toxicology tests are pending for Harrison. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving. Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink. While there have been fewer deaths associated with impaired driving in recent years, there is still much room for improvement. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.