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Ticket issued in deadly Bluff Road wreck

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago October 15, 2014 Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday, October 15 2014 October 15, 2014 6:59 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said Tuesday, the driver of an SUV that ran off Bluff Road, hit and killed two kids then crashed into the tree line was issued a ticket for careless operation.

David Lanus, 6, and Faria Lanus, 9, were fishing at the bottom of an embankment along the highway south of I-10 on June 24th with their father and two other men when they were hit and killed. Their father and the two other men were taken to a hospital.

Last week, a grand jury chose not to indict Shawnette Taylor, the driver. Taylor faced charges of negligent homicide, but District Attorney Ricky Babin says it was difficult for the grand jury to find enough probable cause to indict her on the charges.

"Death is not the only thing to convict someone of negligent homicide, it requires gross negligence and the grand jury, I believe, didn't think that standard was met," Babin said in an interview with WBRZ. He seemed to agree with the outcome.

A crash report showed Taylor was not intoxicated, nor was she using her cell phone when the crash happened.
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