Louisiana: Christian Delgado’s New Year’s booze cruise head-on into tractor-trailer was a life-ender DUI crash
HONDA VS. TRACTOR-TRAILER AT 5 AM
Fatal New Year’s Day Crash Leaves One Dead in Hammond
Hammond, LA- Shortly after 5:00 AM on Sunday, January 1, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle wrong direction fatal crash on Interstate 55 north of Wardline Rd. in Hammond. The crash has claimed the life of 23-year-old Christian Delgado of Hammond.
The preliminary investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Delgado was driving a 1994 Honda Accord southbound in the northbound lane of Interstate 55.
The preliminary investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Delgado was driving a 1994 Honda Accord southbound in the northbound lane of Interstate 55. Delgado crashed head-on into a northbound 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 46-year-old Kenneth Mebane of Greensboro NC. Despite being properly restrained, Delgado sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Mebane was also properly restrained at the time of the crash. He was not injured. Presently, impairment is suspected to have been a contributing factor in this crash. Troopers obtained blood samples from Delgado. As part of the on-going crash investigation, the samples will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Mebane provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no trace amounts of alcohol present.
The difficult assignment of death notification continues to be one of the hardest elements of the Law Enforcement profession. Notification is even more difficult when Troopers know that the outcome was preventable. As 2017 begins, please take a moment to put the safety of you and your loved ones ahead of everything else. Aside from sound decisions behind the wheel, speak to your family and friends about the consequences of impaired driving. Remind them that putting on a seatbelt greatly reduces the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash. Speak to them about the dangers of distracted driving. The conversation you have today could be the difference tomorrow.