Around 5:18 a.m. on Feb. 22, a fatal accident reportedly occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 when the 27-year-old driver of a fast moving 2003 Acura RSX changed lanes and struck a slower moving 2004 Isuzu Rodeo. The two vehicles spun out of control, and the Rodeo rolled down the embankment landing on Boudreaux Road in Gonzales. A 66-year-old male resident of Baton Rouge was driving the Rodeo, and he died at the scene.
Police originally arrested the driver of the Acura for negligent homicide along with misdemeanor charges of reckless vehicle operation and driving with a suspended license. He went free after posting bail for the traffic citations, and at that time, results of a toxicology report were still pending. The man had admitted to the use of an unknown substance the previous day, but officers did not observe that he was under the influence of anything the morning of the crash.
Recently, the alleged at-fault driver was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville under the charge of negligent homicide. The case was turned over to the District Attorney's Office, but the toxicology test results were not released to the public. However, state law allows a negligent homicide charge be imposed when a person dies in a crash because a driver allegedly has elevated alcohol or drug levels. On April 22, the driver of the Acura was being held on $100,000 bail.
When a fatal rollover accident such as this one occurs, the family of the deceased might seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. There may be significant reason to file a wrongful death lawsuit in this case, to seek compensation for the family's loss of a loved one. An attorney can help by obtaining the investigative reports and making recommendations based on the facts.
Source: The Advocate, "Man arrested in fatal crash acknowledges drug use day before, but police said after wreck he didn't appear to be 'under the influence,'" David J. Mitchell, April 22, 2015