Mar 3, 2014 8:53 AM by Press Release
Acadia Parish- A Lake Charles woman is in jail today and charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal crash on LA Highway 370 near Roxie Road.
On March 2, 2014 at 7:56 p.m., Troopers say 22-year-old Emily Marcantel of Lake Charles was allegedly driving a Ford Focus west on LA Highway 370 near Roxie Road. For reasons still under investigation, Troopers say, Marcantel traveled off the right side of the road in a curve and struck the ditch causing her vehicle to overturn. Marcantel was not wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Her passenger 22-year-old Taylor Bellard was also not wearing a seat belt and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A short time after he arrived at the hospital, Bellard was pronounced dead.
Marcantel was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. She was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless operation and no seat belt.
This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind drivers and occupants that the simplest thing they can do to minimize the risk of injury in a crash is to be properly restrained. Proper restraint use allows crash forces to be spread out across the body. While wearing a seat belt will not save you in every crash it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes.
With the Mardi Gras celebration under way, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Troopers across the state will be working with other law enforcement agencies to make sure everyone has a safe Mardi Gras. Troopers have a zero tolerance for impaired drivers. If you plan to drink make sure you have a designated drivers. Always remember that a designated driver is the person who has had nothing to drink.