Only in Louisiana, Part 2
Jan 23, 2007
Charges filed against Houma resident in Sunday’s four-car crash
HOUMA -- A four-car crash Sunday that sent a car into Bayou Terrebonne and a man to the hospital was caused by a driver trying to flee a crash scene, police said.
Chase Positerry, 21, Houma, was driving a Nissan Altima down Main Street toward the twin spans about 4:45 p.m., when he ran a red light at New Orleans Boulevard and crashed into a Ford Escort driven by Eulogio Torres of Mississippi, said Lt. Todd Duplantis, Houma Police spokesman.
After hitting Torres’ car, Positerry backed up and tried to leave the crash site but instead ran into a Ford Taurus, Duplantis said. He backed up and tried to leave again but hit a Pontiac Sunfire.
On his third attempt to flee, Positerry avoided striking any more cars but instead crashed through the New Orleans Boulevard bridge’s guard rail, plunging into the water below, Duplantis said.
Positerry and his passenger, Tyler Fanguy of Houma, both swam out of the bayou on their own, but police were waiting for them.
Torres, the driver of the first car allegedly hit by Positerry, was taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center for treatment for what police described as minor injuries. All the others involved in the crash refused medical treatment, Duplantis said.
Positerry is charged with disobeying a red light, reckless operation, no driver’s license and for failure to produce proof of insurance. He was not arrested, but he was issued a ticket and given a court date.
The road was closed for approximately two and a half hours as workers cleared the wrecked cars and pulled Positerry’s car from the bayou, Duplantis said.