Deleon was one of 5 people pushing a small pickup truck that had run out of gas on the bridge when it was struck by a full-sized pickup truck around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The collision caused Deleon to go over the side of the bridge and into the river.
The body was recovered at 11:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in an area directly under the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge. Sheriff’s deputies located the body in 13 feet of water with a recovery line.
Another man who was with the group pushing the small pickup truck was taken to a local hospital with what were believed to be none life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup that rear-ended the truck received minor injuries and refused transport to a hospital.
Police learned Deleon and the others were pushing the pickup after it ran out of gas as they were traveling in it across the bridge.As a result of the crash, police closed the westbound span of the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge for about three and a half hours this morning.