Louisiana police say Mississippi man was under the influence in fatal accident

FRANKLINTON, Louisiana (AP) — A Mississippi man is facing drunken driving and vehicular homicide charges after a fatal head-on collision in Louisiana’s Washington Parish on Sunday.

Louisiana State Police say the wreck happened Sunday about 6 a.m. when a Ford F-150 on Louisiana 25 veered into the path of a Chevrolet Silverado.

Police say in a news release that the driver of the Ford, 35-year-old Charles Toon of Foxworth, Miss., is suspected of being under the influence. Toon and a passenger were hospitalized.

Police say 32-year-old Jonathan Bickham of Franklinton, La., the driver of the Chevy, was killed in the collision.

Police say Toon will be booked into the Washington Parish Jail upon being released from the hospital. Police say Toon is initially charged with driving left of center, DWI, vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular homicide.

It was not immediately clear if Toon had a lawyer. Police say a blood sample was collected from Toon and the results are pending a toxicological analysis.

Toon and his passenger, 33-year-old Teresa Minarik, were taken to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with what police described as “moderate injuries.”

The crash remains under investigation.