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Drag racing suspected in fatal New Orleans-area crash

September 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police investigators believe an illegal drag race led to a crash that killed a 70-year-old man in suburban New Orleans.

A state police news release says the accident happened Tuesday in Jefferson Parish.

The driver of a Ford Mustang attempted to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder of U.S. Highway 61 while traveling at “a very high rate of speed.” The Mustang struck a curb and traveled into a parking lot. It struck a Toyota Tundra pickup truck with a force that carried both vehicles about 80 feet (24 meters).

A man in the pickup, Rafael Canessa Sr. of Metairie, died.

State police say 18-year-old Jordan Marchese of New Orleans was driving the Mustang. He was hospitalized in serious condition. The release said criminal charges were pending.

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