Drag racing blamed for fiery I20 crash

Published: Jul. 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2011 at 4:03 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Crash investigators blame a fiery crash early Saturday morning on drag racing.  The wreck sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries and backed up traffic for hours on both sides of the interstate.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. near the Hearne Avenue exit.

Shreveport Police say the driver of a 1994 Chevrolet Impala heading west on the interstate was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail. After hitting the rail, the car went airborne into the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20, striking a FedEx tractor-trailer, which then caught on fire. The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 22 year old Kewin D. Leshay of Shreveport, was thrown from the car.

Both Leshay and the driver of the FedEx truck, identified as 58 year old Ronald Olivio of West Monroe, were seriously injured and taken LSUHSC.

Police say a passenger in the Chevrolet walked away from the crash before officers arrived on the scene.  He was later located and interviewed by investigators.

Based on information gathered at the scene and interviews with witnesses, police believe Leshay was racing another vehicle when he lost control.  The investigation is ongoing and charges are expected to be filed in connection with this crash.

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