For people in Louisiana, Mardi Gras parades are some of the most iconic events that represent the heart and soul of the local culture. These events can be enjoyed by a range of people and should be only causes for celebration but, sadly, it only takes one very selfish and irresponsible person to turn a joyous event into something tragic. That is precisely what happened at an Endymion Mardi Gras parade this year.
According to a report by WWLTV.com, a 32-year-old man is said to have been incredibly drunk yet still chose to get behind the wheel of his vehicle and drove it into a group of people on bicycles in the parade crowd. Seven people were injured by the event and two were killed. The man now faces multiple criminal charges including seven counts of negligent vehicular injuring, six of those being first degree offenses. He is also facing vehicular homicide charges for the two deaths.
The defendant was recently in court and many had anticipated a plea agreement to be reached in the matter, in part because he completely admits the fact that he was drunk at the time of the incident. However, he and his attorney are challenging what the prosecution is saying the man's blood alcohol level was at and, therefore, no plea deal was reached.
Based on an actual BAC reading five hours after the crash, prosecutors assert the man's BAC was over 0.21%. This level would mandate a prison sentence up to 30 years. The defense is trying to argue against this. A trial is scheduled for October.