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Posted: Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:01PM

State police: Passenger jerked wheel right before deadly crash

A fatal crash on I-10 near the Fremaux interchange in Slidell last night may have been caused by the car's passenger, who died in the ensuing wreck.

While headed east on I-10 around 8:30 p.m., troopers say Lauren Gregor and her husband Cody Rafter got into an argument.
"The wife, which was sitting in the front passenger seat, grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate and run off the road to the right," said Trooper Nick Manale. "The wife was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, and she became partially trapped under the vehicle as that vehicle came to rest in the course of the crash."

Manale says their information is based on the husband's statement and evidence taken from the crash scene.  State police continue to investigate the crash.

"Troopers urge all motorists and passengers to make good choices while riding in vehicles," said Manale in a news release.  "Poor decisions such as driving while impaired, not wearing a seat belt, and allowing distractions in the vehicle often result in life changing consequences for everyone involved."

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