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Louisiana Teen Killed, Sisters Hurt In Head-On Crash

A Prairieville high school student was killed, and her two sisters injured, when another vehicle struck their car head-on as they were driving to school early Dec. 9. The 19-year-old man who hit them was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to Louisiana State Police.

Authorities said the three sisters, who attended Dutchtown High School, were traveling west on Louisiana Highway 74 in a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic around 7 a.m. when an eastbound 2006 Dodge Charger swerved into the westbound lanes, colliding with them head-on. The two girls in the front seats, ages 16 and 17, were wearing seat belts and were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with moderate injuries. The 15-year-old girl in the rear seat was reportedly only wearing the lap portion of her safety belt, having tucked the shoulder strap behind her back. She was killed in the crash.

The Dodge driver suffered moderate injuries and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales. Police said they suspect that he was high at the time of the crash, and a toxicology sample was sent to the Louisiana Crime Lab for testing. Following his release from the hospital, he was booked at Ascension Parish Jail and charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and negligent vehicular injuring.

When a family is faced with the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident, they may wish to pursue a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. With the aid of an attorney, a family may obtain compensation for damages, including funeral costs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Source: The Times-Picayune, “Driver in LA Highway 74 crash that killed Dutchtown High student booked on DWI,” Diana Samuels, Dec. 9, 2014

Source: The Advocate, “Driver arrested in crash that killed Dutchtown High student, charged with DWI, vehicular homicide,” Ellyn Couvillion, Dec. 11, 2014

Source: Sun Herald, “Driver charged with DWI in wreck that killed Louisiana teen, injured two sisters”, December 09, 2014

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