A Melville man has been arrested after police say he struck and killed a man riding a lawnmower while driving his vehicle.

According to Louisiana State Police Troop E, the crash happened around 11:00 pm on Saturday, July 9, 2022. The crash happened on LA Highway 105 in Simmesport.

The initial investigation revealed that 62-year-old Blaine Lemoine was driving a Husqvarna lawn mower north on the highway. At the same time, 24-year-old Hunter Moreau of Melville was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion and was traveling behind the man on the lawn mower.

Moreau struck the lawn mower in the rear, which resulted in Lemoine being ejected. Lemoine suffered fatal injuries and the Avoyelles Parish Coroner pronounced him deceased on the scene.

Moreau, who was unrestrained, did not suffer any injuries in the crash.

After an investigation, troopers arrested and charged Moreau with vehicular homicide, DWI 1st offense, and no seat belt. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

So far in 2022, Troop E has investigated 19 fatal crashes, resulting in 20 deaths.

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