Posted: Oct 9, 2009 8:45 AM by sleonard
Updated: Oct 9, 2009 8:45 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish authorities say they will continue an investigation begun in Morgan City that led to the arrest of a man accused of stealing a car that was later driven in
a deadly crash.
The investigation could reveal how a 15-year-old ended up behind the wheel of the car, which hit a tree in Gibson Sunday morning, killing him and four other teens.
On Tuesday, Morgan City Police Capt. Mike Marino said Terry Wilson Joseph of Morgan City was arrested and booked with unauthorized use of a moveable. Joseph told officers he took the
car from a woman in Morgan City and went to a Houma hotel, where he stayed with another woman. It's still unclear how the teenagers wound up in the vehicle.
"Our troopers will be out there finding out exactly what happened," said trooper Gilbert Dardar, a state police spokesman.
"That's what will help give us a time line of what the driver had been doing before."
The investigation plan provided some comfort to grieving relatives still seeking answers for how the teenagers got the car and what caused the crash.
"That bothers my mind," said Dorothy Trahan, the mother of two killed in the crash. "Why would someone even have the thought of handing the keys to a child?"
Her 15-year-old son, Demetrius Trahan, drove the 2005 Nissan Sentra. The passengers included his brother, Joshua Trahan, 18; Don'ta Stewart, 18; Darius Stewart, 17; and Dominic Hanzy, 16. All
lived in Gibson.
Marino said Joseph denied knowing the teenagers killed or giving them the car.
"We can't establish the link as far as how the teens got the vehicle," Marino said.
--- Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com
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