Law enforcement authorities reported that a 32-year-old man allegedly hit three teenagers who were walking on Oct. 30 in St. Martin Parish, killing two of them and seriously injuring the third. The accident reportedly happened around 7:30 a.m. eastbound on Martin Street just west of Louisiana Highway 31.
Officers state that the man was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 east on the Street when he allegedly struck the three teens with his truck. Police allege the man was traveling more than 50 mph in a 25 mph speed zone at the time of the accident. The teens were walking on the street when the man allegedly hit them.
A 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 14-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries following her transport to a hospital. A third teen, a 13-year-old girl, is currently in stable condition after suffering serious injuries.
After allegedly hitting the girls, the man apparently ran off the road and into a ditch. His truck reportedly hit a utility pole and a culvert before reentering the road. The truck then reportedly went back into the ditch and hit another culvert before stopping back on Martin Street. He is facing multiple charges in the accident, including two counts of vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, first-degree negligent vehicle injuring, driving with expired tags and no insurance. He is currently in the hospital and will be arrested upon his release.
When a person dies in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, the driver may be held liable through the family's filing of a wrongful death claim. Families of people who are killed by negligent drivers may be able to recover damages for their noneconomic and economic losses suffered as a result of their loved one's death.
Source: NOLA, "Breaux Bridge man facing 2 counts of vehicular homicide in fatal crash", Quincy Hodges, November 01, 2014