An 18-year-old Dunson man was arrested and charged with negligent homicide on Jan. 3 for his role in causing a fatal car crash in Acadia Parish on Dec. 23, 2017.
According to a spokesperson for the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, the young man had been driving his 1990 Jeep Wrangler along Riceland Road shortly before the crash. A police investigation revealed that he likely lost control of his Jeep as he attempted to navigate a curve just north of Soldier Road in the eastern portion of the parish.
The man's attempts to overcorrect and stay on the road resulted in his Jeep rolling over. His 19-year-old female passenger was trapped inside when his vehicle overturned.
Emergency crews who were dispatched to the scene were eventually able to free the Sunset woman from the wreckage and rush her to a Lafayette hospital. She remained in critical condition up until her death on Jan. 2.
The driver was arrested without incident the day following her death. He remains locked up in the Acadia Parish Jail on negligent homicide charges. It's unclear when his arraignment was scheduled -- or if a judge even intends to set a bond in the case.
The blood samples that were obtained from the driver on the night of the crash have been sent to a Louisiana state crime lab for toxicology testing. It's unclear when those results will come back, but local law enforcement continues to investigate the crash.
While the exact reason for the charges is unclear, the odds are high that police think the driver was intoxicated in some way. Most ordinary car accidents don't result in criminal charges -- unless a driver broke the law and recklessly put someone's life in danger.
When an individual is seriously hurt or killed in a car crash, the medical and funeral bills can be costly. Insurance companies tend to deny liability in these types of cases to minimize the amount that they have to compensate the victims. That's why it can be so important to have help protecting your rights and guiding you through your legal options.