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Crash kills woman, man charged with crimes

A 30-year-old man from Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, has been taken into custody after allegedly being a part of a crash that killed a 48-year-old woman from Clinton, Louisiana. Reportedly, the man was driving on Liberty Road in his truck when his vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic. His vehicle then collided with a passenger vehicle driven by the 48-year-old who was killed instantly.

Criminal charges have been filed against the man for his reported involvement in the crash. After the crash, authorities subjected the man to a chemical breath test that indicated he had no alcohol in his system. A urine sample was also submitted and police say, based on the analysis of said sample, that the man had marijuana and amphetamines in his system during the time of the crash.

The 30-year-old was not injured in the head-on crash. Before the crash, the man was seen napping in his car outside of a gas station by a deputy from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. That officer told the 30-year-old that he would have to move his vehicle from the front of the building to the side if he wanted to sleep.

According to an affidavit, the deputy entered the store and returned to find the man still sleeping in front of the gas station. He repeated himself and was told by the 30-year-old that long hours at the man's job had caused him to be tired. After talking with the officer, the driver went into the store, purchased some items and left the gas station.

After the accident happened, the 30-year-old reportedly told the authorities that he could only remember the impact and nothing else.

The man has been charged with one count each of no seat belt, aggravated obstruction of a highway, driving left of center, reckless operation, DWI (his third) and vehicular homicide. If convicted on all of these charges, the man is facing serious consequences, including prison time. Although there was no report of the man having obtained a criminal defense attorney, due to the seriousness of the charges it may not be a bad idea.

Source: The Advocate, "Louisiana State Police: Man booked in fatal crash of woman," Kimberly Vetter, Aug. 10, 2012

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