Woman pleads no contest in accident that killed 2 children
GONZALES - A Prairieville woman who lost control of her car and hit and killed a brother and sister fishing alongside the highway has pleaded no contest to a careless operation charge.
48-year-old Shawnette B. Taylor entered the plea Wednesday before state District Judge Marilyn Lambert. She then sentenced Taylor to the maximum fine of $175, plus court costs.
Lambert told Taylor the crash was "tragic, tragic, tragic."
Nine-year-old Sarai Lanus and her brother, 6-year-old Daylon Lanus, both of Geismar, died when Taylor's car ran off the road and plowed into them, their father and two other adults June 24.
An Ascension Parish grand jury declined to indict Taylor on two counts of negligent homicide.