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Family wants driver who killed their kids charged

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Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:37 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Aug 21, 2014 6:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: David and Shayla Lanus, Sarai, Daylon, Bluff Road, Wreck, State Police, Ricky Babin, District Attorney, Shawnette Taylor

GEISMAR- The family of two children killed in a crash on Bluff Road two months ago wants the driver who caused the wreck charged.

The Lanus family said their faith has been getting them through the hard times. Now, they want justice for their children. Daylon and Sarai Lanus were killed when Shawnette Taylor's SUV ran off the road in June, striking them as they were fishing, according to investigators. Taylor was not charged by State Police, and this week the investigation was turned over to District Attorney Ricky Babin.

"It's emotional," Babin said. "Poor people lost their children. It's beyond comprehension what they are feeling. At the end of the day, I have a duty to charge it correctly."

Right now, Babin says his office is reviewing the file and isn't ruling out criminal charges against the driver.

"It could be a traffic offense all the way up to a homicide. Babin said. "That's part of the decision we'll make."

The Lanus family said the past two months have been excruciating.

"If I accidentally run over somebody, workers on the side of the road, I would have to be held accountable," Shayla Lanus said. "I know that because both of these situations happened around the same time this happened to my kids and those people aren't just going on with no consequences. I don't feel like she should have to either."

David Lanus was fishing with his kids when the crash happened. He is still recovering from his injuries.

"We don't want it to get overlooked," Lanus said. "Dot all the i's and cross all the t's in the investigation."

Babin said his office could make a decision in two weeks. The case could be turned over to a grand jury.

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