A Plaquemines resident was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was attempting to place warning triangles in the roadway.
This morning shortly after 1:45 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. Highway 190 west of LA highway 1145 in West Baton Rouge Parish. The incident took the life of 57 year old Plaquemine resident Nathan C. Tobias, Jr.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that earlier in the morning Tobias, Jr. was traveling eastbound on U.S. highway 190 in a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer. As he was slowing to turn left off of U.S. highway 190, Tobias, Jr.'s freightliner was struck from behind by another freightliner tractor-trailer, causing minor damage to both vehicles. After the crash, Tobias, Jr. got out of his vehicle to place orange warning triangles in the roadway to alert motorists of the crash. It was then a vehicle traveling eastbound struck him, causing serious injuries. Tobias, Jr. was transported to Baton Rouge General Mid-City Hospital, where he later died.
Impairment is not suspected at this time; however, Troopers have submitted toxicology samples to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.