Driver charged after hitting Atlanta firefighter in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) -- Police have booked the driver in Friday's fatal accident that took the life of a triathlete on Chef Menteur Highway.

Howard Vidrine, 34, was arrested and booked with negligent homicide, negligent injury, driving on a suspended driver's license and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Vidrine's car struck two triathletes who were taking a bike ride. Both were scheduled to compete in the weekend's Ironman race. The crash occurred along the course on Highway 90 near Venetian Isles Friday morning.

Frank Guinn, 36, a veteran firefighter from Atlanta, was killed and his 40-year-old brother-in-law was critically injured.

A friend of the Guinn family has set up a fund to help pay for funeral expenses, and to give the family a start on a college fund for the Guinn daughters. That link can be found at

A memorial run has been planned for Tuesday evening for the injured cyclist, Arthur Powell. It is slated to start from the Big Peach Running Co. store on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw at 6:30 p.m.


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