Distracted driver blamed in Gulfport man's death

SLIDELL, LA (WLOX) - SLIDELL, LA (WLOX) - A Gulfport man died in a traffic accident in Louisiana Tuesday that authorities blame on a distracted driver. The driver, a man from Picayune, faces a charge of negligent homicide.

Louisiana State Police say Chris Stravinsky, 30, was a passenger in a truck that crashed into pine trees along LA 1090.

The accident happened at 1:20 pm on LA 1090/Robert Road approximately one mile north of Brownswitch Road in St. Tammany Parish.

Authorities say the driver, Narada Dasa, 31, became distracted with the radio and failed to maneuver a left curve in the roadway, then overcorrected to the right and ran off the road.

Upon impact, Dasa was partially ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. Stravinsky was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.

Another passenger, Jonathan Davis, 33, of New Orleans received moderate injuries and was transported to the Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital.

Nick Manale, Louisiana State Police spokesman, said not one of the men was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Manale said alcohol use is not suspected, but a blood sample from the driver will be tested at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Upon release from the hospital, Dasa will be charged and booked with Careless Operation, Negligent Injury, and Negligent Homicide.

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