For people who live in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is one of the most celebrated times of the year. Unfortunately, the celebratory atmosphere that is and should be associated with a Mardi Gras event can be quickly erased and replaced with a tragic one when even just one person makes a negligent choice. An example of this type of choice is the decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking.
This is precisely the choice that was made by a man who turned 32 on the day of a Mardi Gras parade near the French Quarter in New Orleans this year. To make matters worse, the man is actually the son of a New Orleans police officer. A report by ABC 13 indicates that witnesses saw the driver speeding through traffic and veering to one side of the street to go around another vehicle. His car was allegedly seen spinning out in a median before he got out of his car and laid down on a sidewalk. He had to be awoken by bystanders.
In the process of all of this, the driver apparently hit several people in the crowd, many of whom were on bikes. One woman and one man each died at the scene of the crash. Five other people were taken to a hospital and three of those were reported to have been in critical condition, although no details about their injuries are known.
The driver refused to take field tests and his blood alcohol content test result is not yet known. He faces a variety of charges including two counts of vehicular homicide.