Dec 28, 2013 10:42 PM by katc
A two vehicle crash on LA Highway 343 leaves three people dead and a Duson man facing vehicular homicide charges.
Troopers say at 1:30 pm, Charles Moter, 58 years old, was driving a Chevrolet truck North on LA Highway 343 South of US Highway 90, when he tried passing a vehicle. A 2001 Saturn passenger car, driven by 31-year-old Nathaniel Malone of Duson, was traveling south on LA Highway 343 approaching Moter. Troopers say as Moter was attempting to pass a northbound vehicle he came within a hazardous proximity to Malone's vehicle. Investigators say in an attempt to avoid a crash, Malone steered left; however the front of Moter's vehicle struck the right side of Malone's vehicle.
Troopers say Malone, who was restrained, sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a local area hospital. Investigators say the front seat passenger in Malone's vehicle, 33-year-old Joe Wise of Scott was not restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to troopers, the left rear seat passenger, 14-year-old Cassie Kilby of Duson, was not restrained and died as a result of the crash. Troopers say the right rear seat passenger, 16-year-old Kaylin Flyte of Crowley, was restrained and was pregnant at the time of the crash died at the scene. All three passengers and the unborn fetus were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner.
Troopers say Moter, and his passenger 23-year-old Harrison Moore of Lafayette, sustained minor injures and were transported to local hospitals. Troopers are working to determine if the two were restrained.
Investigators say Moter was found to be impaired by alcohol and was placed under arrest. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. After being released from the hospital he was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for 3 counts of vehicular homicide, 3rd degree feticide, negligent injuring, driving left of center and reckless operation.
This crash remains under investigation.