The driver of a pickup that crashed into a crowd of bystanders at the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans was identified on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, one day after the incident occurred. He was suspected of having been driving drunk at the time.
The man thought to have been responsible for the accident was arrested and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. He was charged with two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, a single count of hit-and-run with serious injury and a single count of reckless driving.
The preliminary charges filed in this case are subject to being compounded or modified pending additional investigative discoveries that may occur. They are not set in stone until an indictment is passed down formally charging the 25-year-old Paradis, Louisiana, man with the crimes alleged.
That being said, if the charges alleged are passed down by the grand jury in this case, the man could face up to 10 years in jail for a conviction for hit-and-run. He also could face up to five years for each individual count of negligent vehicle injuring and as much as 90 days for each count of misdemeanor reckless driving.
The young man, whose employment is listed online as a bouncer at a daiquiri shop, is alleged to have run down both a police officer and child as a result of driving his pickup across the median and smashing it into one of the city's dump trucks. Of the 21 people he is said to have injured by his actions, seven patients were transported to area hospitals with five listed as being in critical condition. Seven others declined treatment.
The catastrophic car crash occurred the final weekend of New Orleans' Carnival celebration of Endymion, an event synonymous with large, ornate floats. The parade, which was happening at the time, was held up for 10 minutes as first responders worked to clear the procession route.
Although a preliminary investigation suggests that the incident wasn't a terrorist act, federal, state and local law enforcement have all joined forces to confirm that conclusion. They also are working together with one another to determine if any other federal violations occurred as a result as well.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle crash due to suspected negligence of another, a Louisiana car accident attorney can provide advice and guidance in your legal matter.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Endymion crash's suspected drunk driver identified," Ken Daley, Feb. 26, 2017