Posted: Feb 22, 2010 4:20 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Feb 22, 2010 8:27 PM
Update: It took five hours for 12 men and women on a grand jury to hand up an indictment surrounding a drunk driving crash in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Terri Parker's aunt, Rose Marie Parker, testified as a witness.
"I told them about the time I saw Terri lying on the side of the road at the accident," Parker said. "All I wanted was for her to get off the road. I can't get that out of my head."
News 2 was there as one of the survivors from the crash limped out of court. He was the last person to see Parker alive, but declined our request for a comment.
Gosserand was formally charged with vehicular homicide and first degree vehicular negligent injuring. If convicted, she faces a maximum 30 years in prison and a minimum sentence of five years without parole.
Parker's mother, Debra Cushionberry, called Monday's win in court a small victory in a long battle.
"First step justice served, but we have a long way to go," Parker said.
Earlier Story Follows:
A Pointe Coupee Parish grand jury on Monday indicted 23-year-old Victoria Gosserand on vehicular homicide and first degree vehicular negligent injury charges.
Investigators say Gosserand was three times over the legal limit when she caused a crash that killed 23-year-old Terri Parker and injured vehicle's driver in New Roads in December.
Earlier this month, Gosserand was found not guilty of first offense DWI in Baton Rouge in a separate case.