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Authorities arrest suspect in fatal I-10 hit-and-run crash

Authorities arrest suspect in fatal I-10 hit-and-run crash

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Gulfport, Mississippi, man is in custody, accused in the fatal hit-and-run crash this week on the Interstate 10 Middle Pearl River Bridge.

Louisiana State Police and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations on Thursday identified and arrested 25-year-old Daniel Coy for his alleged involvement in the Tuesday night crash that left 26-year-old Steven Clark, of Theodore, Alabama, dead.

Coy was booked into the Harrison County, Mississippi, jail on charges of negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and felony hit-and-run. He's being held pending extradition to Louisiana. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line as Clark was driving a westbound 18-wheeler in the left lane. In the right lane was an 18-wheeler driven by Roberto Torrez, 51, of San Antonio, Texas. Investigators initially identified the driver Wednesday as Andrew Chapple, 45, of San Antonio, Texas, but corrected the identity Thursday.

Investigators said Coy tried to pass Torrez's truck on the right shoulder, but hit the front of Torrez's truck, forcing it into Clark's vehicle, which crashed into and over the cement barrier and into the water.

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