Church Point teen dies in I-10 crash
A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 10 just west of Rayne took the life of a Church Point man Tuesday afternoon.
Killed in the crash was 18-year-old Benjamin Guidry of Church Point. Guidry was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in crossed the eastbound lanes, traveled through the median, proceeded across the westbound lanes and struck a large tree.
Guidry was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The Acadia Parish Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.
According to the investigating troopers from Troop I, on February 23, 2010, shortly before 4:30 p.m. seventeen-year-old Brennen Sonnier of Church Point was traveling in the right lane eastbound on I-10 in a 2000 Honda Accord. A 1998 Volkswagon driven by thirty-two year old Megan Collum of San Antonio, Texas was traveling in front of Sonnier. Sonnier approach Collum’s vehicle from the rear and struck the right rear corner of her car. After impact, Sonnier ran off of the road to the left and crossed the median, and westbound lanes of traffic. Sonnier’s vehicle struck several large trees on the north side of the interstate. Sonnier sustained moderate injures and was transported to a local area hospital. A second passenger in the vehicle, seventeen-year-old Aaron Richard of Branch, was critically injured in the crash. Collum was not injured in the crash.
Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation as of press time.