CHARLOTTE, NC – Authorities have identified 47-year-old Christopher Attinelli as the man driving a 1998 Ford Mustang eastbound on I-10 when, at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the car veered off across the median into oncoming westbound traffic. Seconds after Attinelli reached the I-10 West, a 2000 Toyota truck slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle instantly killing the driver, according to law enforcement.
Attinelli was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two people in the truck suffered only minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
Police don’t know as of yet why Attinelli’s Mustang entered the median and crossed into the westbound lanes of I-10.
The 2000 Toyota pickup truck was driven by 22-year-old Nixon Alexander of Baton Rouge.
Attinelli, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the Mustang and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Alexander and a passenger in his Toyota were properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries.
Impairment on the part of Attinelli is unknown at this time; however, Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Attinelli to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Test results should be completed on Thursday or early Friday morning.
The Guardian Express will update this report as soon as we receive further information