Charges to be upgraded after driver crashes into bus stop, killing one
UPDATE: According to authorities Ever Hernandez's charges are expected to be upgraded to vehicular homicide after he crashed into a bus stop earlier this month.
WBRZ learned Tuesday morning that the victim has died from their injuries. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Eric Joseph.
Hernandez's original charges included DWI, hit and run and vehicular injuring.
BATON ROUGE – Police said a man who crashed into a bus stop and severely injured someone at the bench was too drunk to take a regular sobriety test when officers tracked the driver down after he ran from the scene Tuesday.
Ever Hernandez, 39, was booked into jail after police found him at his apartment complex. Hernandez, police said, left the scene of the crash on Florida Boulevard near North 26th Street around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon.
He was booked into jail on a list of DWI charges and also fleeing the scene and charges related to injuring someone significantly in a crash.
Police said the victim Hernandez hit at the bus bench had both his legs broken, a broken knee cap, skin torn from his foot and a possible head injury.
The bus bench was smashed.
Police said since a standard field sobriety test was not possible because of Hernandez’s intoxication, they performed a blood alcohol test which registered a .188 – the legal limit to drive is .08.
It's the second pedestrian seriously hurt on the roadway in less than a week. This past weekend, a man crossing the street was struck and killed by a BRPD vehicle. The officer involved in that crash is currently on paid administrative leave.
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