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Opelousas man arrested after fatal crash

An Opelousas man was arrested over the weekend after he was involved in a car crash on Friday that killed his passenger, an 18-year-old Port Barre woman.

The 37-year-old man has now been charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, negligent homicide, not wearing a seat belt and driving with an invalid driver's license.

Authorities believe neither the man nor the woman was wearing a seatbelt when the man lost control of his vehicle on Louisiana Highway 103 in St. Landry Parish. The man’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert around 11:30 p.m. The man sustained only minor injuries.

At this juncture, it is not clear or has not been disclosed why the man lost control of his vehicle.

Toxicology samples were taken from the man, as is standard procedure in a fatal car accident, and are being tested at the State Police Crime Lab. The crash remains under investigation.

We would expect that the man’s legal defense team will also want to learn as much as it can about the circumstances of the fatal crash. If the man was indeed driving unsafely, it is hard to argue that justice would not require punishment of some kind. However, if circumstances indicate that the crash was not the man’s fault, then these charges may not be appropriate.

Committed criminal defense lawyers make it a practice to give the facts of any incident a thorough and detailed investigation. The exact particulars of what happened often make a difference when it comes to charges a defendant faces.

Source: The Lafayette Advertiser, “Opelousas man arrested for negligent homicide after crash kills woman,” July 20, 2013

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