Trucker struck, killed while putting out warning triangles

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Louisiana truck driver placing warning triangles in the roadway was struck and killed on Dec. 21.

Nathan C. Tobias Jr., 57, of Plaquemine, LA, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 190 in Port Allen around 1:45 a.m. and had slowed down to make a left turn, according to a press release from the Louisiana State Police. His tractor-trailer was struck by another tractor-trailer driven by 22-year-old Thomas Broussard of Baton Rouge, Trooper Jared L. Sandifer told Land Line.

The crash caused minor damage, and Tobias left his truck to put out warning triangles. Dylan G. Hood, 19, of Brusly, LA, was driving eastbound in a pickup truck and struck Tobias, who died from his injuries at the hospital, the release stated.

Sandifer said that Broussard was cited for careless operation. Hood was charged with negligent homicide and careless operation.

Police say alcohol impairment is not suspected and there were no hours-of-service violations.

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