CONVENT — State troopers booked a Baton Rouge man into jail Tuesday on vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring and traffic counts after a head-on crash in St. James Parish on Sunday evening that killed one and injured the arrested driver and two others.
Trooper Evan Harrell, spokesman for State Police Troop C, said Tuesday that Julio Cuxum, 32, showed enough impairment at the scene of the wreck on La. 18 on the parish’s west bank to arrest him Sunday.
Blood tests are pending from the State Police Crime Lab, Harrell said. Alcohol use by Cuxum was suspected as a factor in the crash, troopers have said.
Cuxum was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty south on La. 18 that crossed into the northbound traffic lane after he left a curve and collided with a 2004 Infinity I35 shortly before 6 p.m. near the community of St. James community.
The Infinity driver, Antonio Harrison, 52, of St. James, was killed and his two passengers were seriously injured, troopers said. Neither Harrison nor his passengers were wearing their seat belts.
Cuxum, who was seriously injured in the crash, was released from the hospital Tuesday and taken to parish jail for booking on one count of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular negligent injuring and single counts of driving on the right side of the road and not being licensed to drive, online jail booking data say.
Cuxum has a combined bail of $125,300, but remained in custody Tuesday.
Cuxum also is wanted on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant for an unspecified immigration violation, St. James sheriff’s deputies said.
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