Dec 14, 2012 5:09 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for an 18-year-old Cecilia High School student who was killed in a drunk driving accident. Hailey Marline Arnold of Butte La Rose was a passenger in a car driven by 19-year-old Matthew Ortamond, also of Butte Larose, who is charged with OWI and 1st Degree Vehicular Negligent Injury.
Charges against Ortamond may be upgraded after Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars reviews the case. Cedars will review the report after police submit it to the DA's office. Cedars says if he finds Ortamond was driving drunk, then Ortamond will be charged with vehicular homicide.
The accident happened on Herman Dupuis Rd. in Butte Larose around 1:19 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Ortamond lost control of his vehicle, hit an embankment and flipped his vehicle twice, according to St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Dept. Spokesperson Major Ginny Higgins. Arnold was thrown from the vehicle and died six days later at a Lafayette hospital.
Follow this link for Hailey Marline Arnold's obituary.