A motorcyclist has died the day after he was hit by an allegedly drunk driver Saturday night in Marrero. The accident happened near 4th Street and Ames Boulevard around 1 p.m. Lawrence Nasser, 52, was riding his Harley Davidson when a pick-up truck driven by Mario Martinez, 29, turned into his path. Nasser was hit and transported to the hospital, where he died on Sunday.
A woman faces vehicular homicide and DWI charges after a crash that left a man dead early Sunday morning.
The Denham Springs Police Department said Richard Moore Jr., 35, of Walker was killed after a car driven by Kadie Matthews, 24, of Denham Springs rammed his truck from behind.
It happened on I-12 East near the Juban Road interchange around 4 a.m.
Police said witnesses reported Matthews was driving fast and slammed into the back of Moore’s pickup. Investigators said the impact caused Moore to lose control, go off the road and hit a tree.
Officers reported Moore was revived at the scene, but later died at the hospital.
Matthews was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and careless operation.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Kenner police say a mother lost her unborn child after a car crash with a drunken driver who has a long history of DWI.
Bernal Lino Aguilar, 48, has six prior arrests on charges of driving while intoxicated, according to Kenner police records.
Advocates with Mothers Against Drunk Driving are pushing to get drivers like this off the street.
Brenda Sinclair has been involved in two crashes involving drunk drivers. Now she’s a victim advocate with MADD.
“I don’t understand why we keep treating DWI’s like they don’t matter because they matter,” Sinclair said as she stood at the site of a Sunday night crash involving a drunk driver.
She’s appalled that a man with six DWI charges is still getting behind the wheel drunk.
“Why is he still on the street? He’s been arrested over and over and over. What does it take,” she questioned.
On Sunday, police said, Aguilar was driving while drunk and failed to stop at an intersection near Alabama Street and Vintage Drive and crashed into a vehicle about 6:46 p.m.
Police said Aguilar was driving a Chevrolet Silverado the wrong way on Chateau Boulevard to Alabama Avenue and Vintage Drive.
According to the news release from Kenner police, Aguilar stopped at the stop sign, but then proceeded forward into the direct path of a Mitsubishi Galant traveling westbound on the road. The Galant struck the passenger side of Aguilar’s truck.
We have some sad news out of New Orleans. On Monday afternoon, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported a suspected drunk driver had killed two people on I-10 in New Orleans Monday morning. Subsequent reports, including confirmation from his agent indicate the two dead are the aunt and uncle of 49ers tight end Delanie Walker.
Alice and Bryan Young were pulled over on the shoulder of I-10 for unknown reasons when the driver’s car came barreling into their car. The driver was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
State Police said Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, was driving a 2002 Mercedes C230 at a high rate of speed on the right shoulder of westbound elevated I-10 around 5:30 a.m. Monday and smashed into the back of a 2012 Nissan Altima that was stopped on the shoulder for unknown reasons. Thomas was able to escape from her vehicle with minor injuries as both cars began burning.
The Youngs are the parents of Serrano High School (outside Victorville, CA) football player DeAndre Williams. Delanie Walker sent out a picture on Instagram with his aunt and uncle.
A suspected drunk driver forced a head-on collision Friday that killed a Terrytown man in Ascension Parish, State Police said.
Blake Dozier, 21, Plaquemine, was driving as 2003 GMC Sierra pickup northbound on La. 30 south of La. 3115, State Police Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said Saturday in a news release.
Dozier veered across the center line and barreled head-on into a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Leonardo Estrella, the release says. Estrella, 54, was killed despite wearing a seat belt.
A Gonzales man driving a 2001 Ford Excursion was behind Estrella at the time of the wreck. That driver, Joel Leon-Hernandez, 25, crossed the center line to avoid the accident, and slammed into the passenger side of Dozier’s Sierra.
The release does not say if Dozier or Leon-Hernandez were injured.
Troopers sent a toxicology sample from Dozier to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, the release says.
Louisiana investigators are now trying to determine whether one of the most recognized and respected journalists in southeast Texas was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
KFDM anchor Bill Leger died near Scott on Highway 93. Police say Leger was heading south when he left the roadway while entering a curve. Police say he overcorrected which caused his car to roll. It came to rest in the roadway and was subsequently struck by another car headed north.
The driver of the second car, 52-year-old Clint Melancon of Carencro, was arrested for DWI after police say his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for DWI 1st offense. 12 News has learned Melancon was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Investigators are now trying to determine whether Leger died as a result of the first or second crash.
Leger, 48, is survived by his wife Patricia and two daughters. According to an article on KFDM’s web site, Leger worked in the Beaumont/Port Arthur market for about 20 years.
Statement from 12 News General Manager and Vice President Bruce Cummings:
“12 News mourns the loss of one of the champions of southeast Texas, Bill Leger. Our deepest condolences go out to Bill’s wife Patricia, his two daughters, and to those who loved him. Bill was a giant in the broadcast business for our region, a fierce but professional competitor, and a colleague respected by all.”
A Walker man was struck and killed by a drunk driver Friday evening, December 7th, while attempting to cross the road. According to Walker Police, the accident happened around 5:45 pm on Florida Blvd. (US 190), near its intersection with Walker North Road (La 447). The victim was identified by police as Larry Tate, 63, of Walker.
Walker Police Public Information Officer, Captain John Sharp, reported that Tate was hit by a 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Andrew Vining, III, 47, of Denham Springs.
“Mr. Vining was westbound on Florida Blvd, approaching the intersection of Walker North Road, when his vehicle struck Mr. Tate,” said Captain Sharp. “Mr. Tate was apparently in the process of crossing the roadway and was in the lane of travel when the accident occurred.”
The victim was treated at the accident scene by first responders and then transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
What started as a peaceful ride with friends turned tragic Saturday morning when ae motorcyclist was killed just west of here.
According to witnesses, Elmus “E.H.” Welch was traveling west on his 2012 Can-Am Spyder motorcycle in the westbound lane of Hwy. 38 when a 2004 Chevrolet Pickup traveling east drove off the roadway and overcorrected, causing the truck to rotate counterclockwise, crossing into the westbound lane. The truck struck the cycle, sending it into the air. The motorcycle came crashing back down, sending debris in all directions.
Welch, 70, of Kentwood, was killed.
The driver of the truck, Robert Morris, 51, also of Kentwood, was allegedly impaired at the time of the crash. Morris was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, charged with Careless Operation and Vehicular Homicide.
La. State Police Crime Lab is conducting toxicology analysis for both drivers.
The group of motorcyclists were only a few minutes into their trip when the incident occurred. Welch was the last motorcyclist in the group.
Louisiana State Police Troop C was notified yesterday afternoon that a 14 year old boy involved in a November 2 crash on Country Estates Drive in Terrebonne Parish died from his injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation revealed that on November 2nd shortly after 6 p.m., a bicycle was traveling westbound on Country Estates Drive in the westbound lane. The bicyclist was Logan Bergeron (age 14) of Gray, LA. A 1998 Dodge Ram truck was traveling eastbound on Country Estates Drive. The Dodge was being driven by Stephen Pellegrin (age 28) of Houma. As the Dodge Ram approached, Bergeron entered the eastbound lane of Country Estates Drive and was struck. Pellegrin, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured in the crash. Bergeron, who was ejected from the bicycle, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries that he later died from. Pellegrin submitted to a breath test and was found to be above the legal limit of .08g%. Pellegrin was arrested for DWI and further charges are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
A Franklin man is dead after state troopers say he was run over by a drunk driver. The crash took place just before 9:00 Sunday night on LA 997 in Lower St. Martin Parish. State police say 26-year-old Mark Aucoin, Jr., died after a truck drove onto the shoulder and struck him. Investigators say the driver of the truck, 42-year-old Toby Ponville of Pierre Part, tested over the legal blood alcohol limit. Ponville is charged with vehicular homicide.
Around 4:15 Sunday morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident at the 1500 block of Wright Road in Vinton. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Devon D. Courmier, 23, 1011 10th Street, Suite 207, Orange, Texas, they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath. The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling northbound on Wright Road and appeared to have run off the road to the right and hit a tree. Courmier and passenger, David Kurdupski, 24, Vidor, Texas, were transported to a local hospital where Kurdupski died as a result of his injuries. Courmier, who suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from the hospital, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; DWI 1st; and careless operation. As mandated by state law in all traffic fatalities, a toxicology report will be performed on Courmier.
A previously convicted drunk driver was alleged driving drunk again when he hit a woman on a bicycle late Sunday night, spilling her into the path of oncoming traffic which ran over and killed her.
State Police said Barbara Jacob, 56, who was not wearing protective or reflective gear, was riding on Gardere Lane near Nicholson Drive when hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Darby Griffin, 49, of Baton Rouge. She was then run over by an on-coming vehicle. Cause of death is still to be determined.
The second driver called police; Griffin kept going.
Griffin was charged with DWI, hit and run, driving under suspension and no seat belt. State Police said other charges are pending.
State Police did not indicate where Griffins was located.
Hammons also declined to say where authorities located Griffin and how they determined he was impaired at the time of the crash.
Public records show Griffin was convicted of first-offense DWI in 2002. He got a year’s probation.
A group of Bossier City residents took matters into their own hands Thursday night, detaining a driver that police say crashed his pickup truck into three vehicles, a garage and other objects before hitting a fire hydrant and stopping.
Bossier City police arrested Cameron Cole Thomas, 22, of Sibley in connection with the incident. They charged him with hit and run and DWI.
Police say witnesses called them about 9 p.m. to the Savannah Place subdivision, where they found the driver of the truck, later identified as Thomas, being detained by local residents.
Police say the residents saw Thomas driving his truck recklessly in the 200 block of Avondale Lane and the 200 block of Telfair Lane, where they say he hit three parked vehicles and kept on driving.
Witnesses also allegedly saw Thomas hit the garage of a house on Telfair Lane and crash into a fire hydrant at the corner of Avondale Lane and Savannah Place Circle.
Vermilion Catholic High School’s new head football coach is charged with DWI and open container. Abbeville police officers pulled over Richard “Roch” Charpentier, 26, at 11:16 Tuesday night, according to Lt. David Hardy of the Abbeville Police Dept. He said a breath test showed Charpentier’s blood alcohol level was .123, and the legal limit is .08.
Charpentier replaces Trev Faulk as head football coach after Faulk, in June, accepted the head football coach position at Northside High School in Lafayette. It’s unknown how the school will handle Charpentier’s DWI charge. Principal Mike Guilbeaux was in a meeting when we called for comment. KATC will have an update when we hear from him.
Denham Springs City Councilman Christopher Davis was arrested early Sunday morning, charged with DWI and hit and run.
Trooper Russell Graham with the Louisiana State Police says Davis was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center around 5:30 a.m.
Troopers say his truck hit another car on Highway 16 near Amite Church Road. The driver of that car then called 911 when Davis did not stop. Deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office responded and followed Davis to his home on Kennedy Avenue. State Police then arrived to take Davis into custody.
Investigating troopers say Davis did not have his driver’s license or proof of insurance. He also refused to submit to a breath or blood test, so a warrant was obtained and a blood sample was taken.
Davis was booked on charges of hit and run, DWI, careless operation, flight from an officer, no driver’s license on person and no proof of insurance.
Davis was reached by telephone Sunday afternoon and declined to comment on his arrest.