Police say a Raceland man is potentially facing jail time following a serious car accident on the afternoon of Dec. 23. The Louisiana State Police responded to the crash on LA 308, which claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman. One driver has been arrested and is facing serious charges. If he is found guilty, as in other car accidents, he could face the loss of his license, fines and time in prison.
According to the accident report, it appears that a 25-year-old man was headed northbound on LA 308 when the accident occurred. The man attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone at a rate of speed described as high by law enforcement. This resulted in his crashing head-on into a southbound SUV. One passenger, a 60-year-old woman in the SUV, was not wearing a seat belt and was killed on impact.
The 54-year-old driver suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the other vehicle suffered moderate injuries despite not wearing a seat belt. When he was released from the hospital, he was taken into custody and charged with negligent homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation of a vehicle, as well as several traffic infractions. He was booked into county jail.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the driver believed materially responsible for the crash could face criminal consequences. However, when car accidents injure or kill innocent people, Louisiana state law allows the victims and their families to file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits against the party or parties believed responsible. These suits are handled in civil court, separate from any criminal proceedings.