Unrestrained Driver Killed After Being Ejected From Vehicle in five-Vehicle Crash on US90B

By Calcasieu Staff
Published May 01, 2023

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Unrestrained Driver Killed in Early Morning After Being Ejected From Vehicle in five-Vehicle Crash on US90B

New Orleans – A driver who was not restrained was killed after being ejected from their vehicle in a five-vehicle early morning crash on US90B.

According to the Louisiana State Police (LSP), Troopers with LSP Troop B began investigating a five-vehicle fatal crash on US 90B West at General De Gaulle Drive in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 30, 2023, soon after 2:30 a.m. Edgard Antonio Obando, 24, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana was killed in the crash.

Obando was driving a 2020 Honda Civic west on US 90B at General De Gaulle Drive, according to the preliminary inquiry. Obando’s car collided with the rear of a 2005 Acura TX that was also heading west on US 90B for unknown circumstances. Following the initial collision, the Honda rotated and collided with three other vehicles as it traveled across all lanes of US 90B West.

During the crash, Obando was unrestrained and ejected. He died as a result of his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other drivers involved in the crash sustained minor injuries and were sent to a nearby hospital for treatment. Obando’s impairment is unknown, and normal toxicological tests are pending.

Speeding, impairment, and failure to wear a seatbelt remain the primary causes of fatal collisions according to Louisiana State Police. Troopers advise the public to make a plan to prevent driving while inebriated. Speeding impairs a driver’s ability to properly steer around curves or obstructions in the road, increases the distance required to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Troopers want to remind drivers of the significance of making safe decisions behind the wheel. While not all crashes are avoidable, wearing a seatbelt significantly reduces the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash.