No indictment in crash which killed 2 kids
GONZALES - A grand jury chose not to indict the driver who killed two children in an Ascension Parish wreck this past June.
The jury returned no true bill against Shawnette Taylor, whose SUV ran off Bluff Road and killed Daylon and Sarai Lanus while they were fishing with their father.
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," said Babin, who agreed with the outcome. "Strictly based on what we have, I don't think I can say her culpability came anywhere close to criminal negligence."
State Police investigated the wreck and chose not to file charges against Taylor.
In the investigation, though, Taylor's story had inconsistencies when it came to what happened. Initially, she told police there was an oncoming car in her lane that caused her to swerve, but two weeks later when questions she told troopers, "there was no vehicle coming head-on in her lane that caused her to run off the right side of the roadway."
The report also shows that Taylor was not intoxicated, nor was she using her cell phone when the crash happened.
The Lanus family can still seek a civil suit against Taylor.
You can view the crash report here.