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Authorities accuse man of DWI after Kenner crash

Authorities have accused a 48-year-old man from Kenner, Louisiana, with serious crimes. Records indicate that he was arrested and charged with first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, reckless driving and third-degree feticide. In addition, he received a DWI charge. Police noted that this was not the man's first arrest for allegedly drinking and driving. According to documents, this is his seventh arrest for supposedly committing said crime in the past two decades.

The man was reportedly involved in an accident earlier this month that injured the occupants of another vehicle. That crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. at the corner of Vintage Drive and Alabama Avenue in Kenner, according to a spokesperson with the police department. A witness gave a detailed account of the accident to police.

According to that report, the 48-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Chateau Boulevard. He was supposedly heading north on the road but in the wrong lanes. The witness who reported the accident decided to follow the pickup truck when it made a right turn onto Vintage Drive. This is when the report indicates that the truck returned to the correct traffic lane. At Alabama Avenue, the truck supposedly ran a stop sign while turning left. A Mitsubishi Galant was heading westbound on Vintage at the time and collided with the pickup truck.

Police report that the driver of the Mitsubishi received some cuts but the passenger sustained a lacerated uterus, an injury that led to the death of her unborn child. She had been pregnant for seven months. The 48-year-old man is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center without bond.

Crashes such as this often result in litigation, particularly because of the loss involved. The man's charges in this case and whether he is convicted will determine the severity of his punishment, something an attorney could certainly help him keep to a minimum. A civil suit may also occur, though, and keeping it separate from the criminal case can be confusing without the help of a professional.

Source: Times-Picayune, "Drunk driver accused in death of woman's unborn baby has long history of DWI arrests, Kenner cops say," Michael Hunter, March 4, 2013

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