The victim of a fiery, two-vehicle fatal accident in Washington Parish Tuesday night (Aug. 15) has been identified as Dustin A. McCain, 17, of Franklinton. Investigators were initially unable to identify the deceased driver, whose vehicle burst into flames after colliding with a pickup truck on Louisiana 436 near Lewis Rogers Road.
The victim’s identity was released Friday afternoon, following an investigation by Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the pickup that collided with McCain’s vehicle was rescued from his burning vehicle by three passersby, State Police reported.
A preliminary investigation determined the accident occurred near Bogalusa as McCain’s white Chevrolet truck, traveling east on Louisiana 436, veered into the westbound lane as it approached a curve, traveling directly into the path of Smith’s westbound Silverado. The front of Smith’s vehicle crashed into driver’s side door of the white truck, with both vehicles catching fire upon impact, State Police reported in a news release.
Three men who came to the accident scene pulled Smith from his truck before it became fully engulfed in flames, State Police reported. He was taken to North Oaks Health Systems in Hammond.
After the Washington Parish Fire Department extinguished the vehicle fires, investigators discovered the remains of the driver inside the white Chevrolet truck, later identified as McCain.
Family, friends, fellow poets and lovers of Richard’s quirkiness, gathered at the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall in Mandeville Saturday, Jan. (14), to share what Richard loved. Music, poetry, friendship and most of all community. Richard died Sunday (Jan. 1) of complications of pulmonary hypertension in Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. He was 74. He came to New Orleans to work on The States-Item, the afternoon newspaper, which merged with The Times-Picayune in 1980. Richard retired in 2007. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
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