Despite driving nearly double the speed limit, charges dropped against off-duty cop in crash that killed infant

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 13 2019 Nov 13, 2019 November 13, 2019 5:36 PM November 13, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A police officer who caused a crash that killed a small child and left several others injured is no longer facing charges nor any fines.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office confirmed Wednesday the negligent homicide and speeding charges filed against BRPD officer Christopher Manuel in the violent 2017 crash were dropped. 

Investigators said Manuel was driving his personal vehicle, a Chevrolet Corvette, at a speed of 94 mph when he slammed into an SUV on Airline Highway. That's nearly double the posted speed limit of 50 mph on that stretch of road.

The crash killed a 1-year-old who was riding in the other vehicle. 

Charges were also dropped for Brittany Stephens, the driver of the SUV, who was arrested for negligent homicide more than four months after the crash once it was determined the child's car seat was not properly secured. The SUV was allegedly overloaded at the time, as it was carrying four adults and three children.

Manuel was released on a bond following his arrest in 2017 and has been on paid administrative leave ever since the crash. Stephens has also been released from jail.

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