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Mother demands tougher penalty after deadly crash

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NEW ROADS - A grieving mother is demanding a tougher penalty for a teen driver after her daughter died in a Christmas time crash in Livonia.

The case is now before a Pointe Coupee grand jury to consider increasing a traffic ticket to negligent homicide to the driver who caused the wreck.

Surrounded by friends and family, Suzanne Salter looked back on her daughter's life. Nicole Salter, 31, died after a three-vehicle crash the day after Christmas.

"Her babies won't have a mother because of this," she said. "Somebody just totally disregarded watching the road. How could somebody just not look where they're going? And to kill someone, how can they even live with that?"

At the time of the crash, the driver responsible for the wreck, 19-year-old Ansley Deshotel, told investigators she never saw another car stopped in the road. She just heard a big thud.

While Nicole waited to make a left turn off Highway 190, Deshotel slammed into the back of the car. Livonia Police say Deshotel may have been texting and driving, but the District Attorney's Office could not go into detail about the grand jury case.

Inside the courthouse, Nicole's mother testified to show jurors how much her daughter meant to the people she loved.

"It was horrible to have to be in this situation to lose a child and to come here and relive it," said Salter. "There needs to be consequences for this. You shouldn't be breaking the law and getting away with it."

After four hours of hearing the details of the case the grand jury did not come to a decision. It will revisit the case in the near future to decide whether to increase charges for Deshotel who caused the crash.



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