Troopers determined that the crash occurred as 66-year-old Slidell resident David M. Picone was driving eastbound on I-10 in the center lane. Aaron Nathaniel Lee of Picayune, MS. was also eastbound on I-10 in the left lane. As Lee was passing Picone's vehicle, Picone merged into the left lane and struck Picone's vehicle, causing both vehicles to exit the roadway to the left. Picone’s vehicle traveled through the median and into the westbound lanes of I-10 where Picone's vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Dena Kabala of Brigantine, NJ.
Charleville, a passenger in Picone's vehicle, was transported to Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore, where he ultimately succumbed injuries. Picone was transported to University Medical Center-New Orleans, where he was treated for moderate injuries. Kabala was also transported to University Medical Center-New Orleans, where she was treated for moderate injuries. Lee was uninjured in the crash.