Two killed, two seriously injured in impaired driving crash

Jim Hanzo
February 17, 2019 - 4:29 pm

Louisiana State Police are investigating a crash this morning around 6:30 a.m. that left 2 people dead and 2 others injured.  

The double fatality crash happened at US 61 at North Atlanta Street.  

The crash claimed the lives of 24-year-old German Mejia and 22-year-old Michael Medrano, both of Kenner.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Mejia was driving a 2008 Honda Civic north on US 61 and, for reasons still under investigation, veered onto the right shoulder and struck the back of a 2012 International 18-wheeler that was illegally parked on the shoulder.  The International was unoccupied at the time of the crash.  Mejia and Medrano (right rear passenger) were pronounced dead on the scene.  The front seat passenger, 22-year-old Leandro Gonzalez of Kenner, and a 15-year-old juvenile (left rear passenger) were transported to University Medical Center with critical injuries.

Mejia was the sole occupant wearing a seat belt and impairment is suspected.  A toxicology test will be performed during the autopsy.  Mejia was also an unlicensed driver.  The person responsible for the 18-wheeler was cited for Illegal Parking. This crash remains under investigation.

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