Tow truck driver dies in hit and run

A Guy’s Towing tow truck driver died Sunday morning, about seven hours after he was struck by an alleged drunken driver while trying to move a disabled vehicle on the side of the westbound lane of Interstate 10.

Blaze Louviere, 25, of Breaux Bridge, was standing on the shoulder of the interstate when a 2000 GMC Yukon driven by Luis Molina, 24, of Mission, Texas, struck him and continued driving, Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons said.

Other drivers and witnesses to the accident followed Molina into the Breaux Bridge city limits where Breaux Bridge police stopped and held him until State Police arrived to arrest him.

Louviere was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died at 9:20 a.m., Hammons said.

Molina was not injured in the crash, but troopers say he was drunk and was booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail on counts of vehicular homicide, improper lane usage and felony hit-and-run.

Toxicology samples were sent to the state Crime Lab for analysis and the crash remains under investigation.