Driver and Teens Identified in Breaux Bridge Crash
Posted On behalf of Simien & Simien on Oct 31, 2014 in Automotive
Jeremy Abraham has been charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide, 1 count of vehicular injury, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving without insurance, driving without a license, driving with an expired license plate, and no motor vehicle inspection sticker. He faces additional charges for resisting an officer and battery of a police officer.
He was driving 55 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone.
The driver of a truck that fatally struck two children at the Breaux Bridge has been identified by Louisiana State Police.
Breaux Bridge resident Jeremy J. Abraham, 32, is listed as being in critical condition. He was taken into custody by officers from Breaux Bridge police and a blood sample is being analyzed by the Louisiana State Police crime Lab.
Abraham was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 eastbound on Martin St at approximately 7:30 a.m. yesterday, while three teenagers were walking, also eastbound on Martin St.
The accident killed 15-year-old Cornasha Flugence at the scene, and sending a 13 and 14-year-old to the hospital. 14-year-old Kylee Henry later died of her injuries at St. Martin Hospital. 13-year-old Niya Fulgence was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where she remains with serious injuries.
VIDEO: A Disoriented Jeremy Abraham Claims He Wasn't Driving Truck Who Killed Teens
"When I seen that child on the ground ran to her I was scared I didn't know whether to touch her or not,” said Apollonia Amest, a resident who lives across the street from the crash site.
According to a news release from State Police, "For reasons still under investigation, Abraham's pickup struck the children as they walked," said State Police in a news release. "After striking the children, the Ford pickup continued east before running off road to the right and entering a ditch on the south side of the roadway. As it entered the ditch, the Ford continued to travel in an easterly direction striking a utility pole and a culvert before crossing the intersection of Babineaux Street and reentering the ditch. The pickup reentered the ditch and struck a second culvert before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Martin Street."
"This probably one of the hardest parts of our jobs as law enforcement," said. Lt. J.B. Slaton, Louisiana State Police. "As tragic as it is, we have to stay focused and perform a thorough investigation."
A candlelight vigil was held at Judge Carl Williams Park last night to honor the victims.