New Orleans: Drunk driver crashes in Quarter, debris kills pedestrian |

A drunk driver crashed into a balcony pole in the French Quarter early this morning causing the pole to come down and kill a nearby pedestrian.

According to NOPD, 37-year-old Tevest Vance was traveling east on the 400 block of Burgundy Street when he struck a balcony pole. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking on the sidewalk when the pole came down and struck her on the head. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say Vance attempted to flee the scene, but his car stalled and he was stopped by someone who witnessed the crash. Vance was arrested and booked with Vehicular Homicide. The Orleans Parish Coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Blood and alcohol tests are pending.

via NOPD: Drunk driver crashes in Quarter, debris kills nearby pedes – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports.

Anaheim, Calif.: Boy, 9, Killed in Suspected DUI Crash |

A 9-year-old boy died and a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a three-vehicle collision in Anaheim Saturday night.

Anaheim police said a black pickup truck rear-ended a silver Camry carrying a family of five just before midnight near Euclid Street and La Palma Avenue.

The Camry was carrying a mother, father and three children, police said. Two children suffered critical injuries, and the third child, Rafael Ramirez, died at a hospital.

Both parents were also in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the pickup, Gary Stephen Hunt, was arrested at the scene of the crash on suspicion of DUI. Authorities were trying to determine if the driver had alcohol or drugs in his system.

A Honda Civic that was also involved in the crash was carrying two people who suffered minor to moderate injuries, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

via Boy, 9, Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Anaheim | NBC Southern California.

Chesterfield Co., Va.: Driver charged with DUI in fatal wreck |

A Colonial Heights man has been charged with DUI and other violations in the aftermath of a single-vehicle wreck that killed one of his two passengers late Thursday, Chesterfield County police said Friday.

A southbound 2001 Acura GL ran off the 17300 block of Branders Bridge Road, hit a fence and struck a tree about 11:45 p.m., Chesterfield police said.

Randall S. Faucette, 25, of the 3200 block of Decatur Street in Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a safety belt.

The driver, Ronald E. White Jr., 24, of the 600 block of Walnut Avenue in Colonial Heights, and another passenger, a 27-year-old man, were taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

White was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a revoked license and possession of marijuana,

via Driver charged with DUI in fatal Chesterfield wreck – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Chesterfield County News.

Trimble Co., Ky.: Son hits, kills Good Samaritan trying to help his stranded mother |

Nicholas Mendenhall

An Oldham County man is facing serious charges after a deadly crash in Trimble County Thursday night.

Kentucky State Police responded to the accident on Hwy. 42 at 8:42 p.m. Police said before the accident 48-year-old Keccia Jansen and her son, 29-year-old Nicholas Mendenhall, both of LaGrange, were drinking at a bar in Carrollton when Jansen left.

Jansen, police said, drove her car along Hwy. 42 into Trimble County when she decided to return to the bar.

Jansen tried to turn around, but her vehicle became stuck on the side of the highway near the bottom of a hill.

Sixty-four-year-old Connie Hughes of Bedford, Ky. was passing by and stopped her vehicle at the top of that hill on Hwy. 42 in an effort to protect Jansen from oncoming traffic.

While Hughes and Jansen waited for police to arrive, Mendenhall decided to leave the bar.

After leaving the bar, police said Mendenhall stole a vehicle from a home on Hwy. 42 and was driving home when he slammed into Hughes’ vehicle. Hughes was transported to University of Louisville Hospital via helicopter where she was pronounced dead Friday morning.

Mendenhall was arrested and charged with murder, DUI and five counts of wanton endangerment due to other people who were at the scene at the time of the crash.  He is also facing a theft of a vehicle charge in Carroll County.

Jansen was also arrested and charged with DUI.

via KSP: Son hits, kills Good Samaritan trying to help his stranded mother | Louisville.

Wright, NY: Motorcycle DWI leaves driver’s fiancee dead |

A Schoharie man has been charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter after his girlfriend died as the result of a motorcycle accident, state police at Cobleskill said. Kristofer J. Govel, 28, and Colleen Rogers, 24, also of Schoharie, were traveling on state Route 443 in the town of Wright in Schoharie County at about 12:50 a.m. Oct. 1, Trooper Mark Cepiel, public information officer, said Thursday.

Govel was operating the motorcycle too fast to negotiate a curve in the roadway, troopers said. After Govel lost control, the motorcycle slid off the southern shoulder of the roadway and hit a basketball pole in the parking lot of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cepiel said.

Rogers was ejected, and the Govel and motorcycle continued on to hit a side wall of the church, Cepiel said.

Rogers had severe trauma and was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital, then transferred to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, where she was pronounced dead within two hours of the accident, Cepiel said.

Govel had severe bleeding from his left lower leg, knee and foot and was taken to Albany Medical Center, according to Cepiel.Govel and Rogers, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, were wearing helmets, Cepiel said.

Govel was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, Cepiel said.

Cepiel said the case has been turned over to the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office.

via Motorcycle DWI leaves driver’s fiancee dead – The Daily Star: Local News.

Davie, Fla.: Police Investigate Teen For DUI Manslaughter In Child’s Death |

A Davie family is mourning the loss of a child in a violent, high speed crash that happened nearly two weeks ago at the intersection of Davie Road and Stirling Road.Police documents show detectives are investigating a 19-year-old man for DUI Manslaughter, among other charges.

According to a police crash report, witnesses told police that Jordan Fuss drove about 100 miles an hour as he entered the intersection of Stirling Road and Davie Road.

Police reports show that Fuss slammed into a car carrying a woman and her two children and the force of the impact tore the family’s car in half. A 6-year-old boy strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene.

“It was just a huge explosion,” said a witness, who did not want to be identified. “The back end was split open so bad, there was just no way. We thought everybody was gone in that car.”

The witness said she ran to the driver who hit the family’s car.

REPORTER: “Did you smell alcohol coming from the car?”

WITNESS: “You could. You could absolutely.”

Investigators estimate that Fuss was driving 100 miles an hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at the time of impact.  A search warrant shows that a police officer “…smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the facial area of Fuss.”

CBS4’s Carey Codd tried to reach Fuss but he did not come to the door of an address listed for him. However, a woman who identified herself as Fuss’s mother disputed the allegations from police.

Davie Police say they took blood from Fuss to test for alcohol and drugs and no charges have been filed at this point.“

If our investigation does lead to the impact of alcohol and drugs, It’s absolutely senseless,” said Davie Police Sgt. Ed Smith. “We definitely know that speed was a factor in the crash and it’s a very, very sad incident. “

via Exclusive: Police Investigate Teen For DUI Manslaughter In Child’s Death « CBS Miami.

Thibodaux, La.: Police say father was driving drunk in crash that killed 5-year-old son |

photo- Thibodaux Police Department

Yonni Matthews

Thibodaux Police Department has now charged 27-year-old Yonni Matthews with vehicular homicide and DWI in the October 4th crash that killed his 5-year-old son.

The new charges come after a toxicology report showed that Matthews was over the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Several other people were injured when investigators say that Matthews slammed his 2014 Hyundai Elantra into the rear of another vehicle, starting a chain reaction crash.

Matthews, who is already facing a slew of charges related to the crash, is currently being held in the Lafourche parish jail on a $320,375 bond.

The 5-year-old who was killed was not restrained at the time of the crash.

via Thibodaux Police say father was driving drunk in crash that killed 5-year-old son | WGNO.