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Aug 26, 2010 6:42 PM by Kate Mundy

Ville Platte Football Coach Arrested for Deadly DWI

Ville Platte head football coach Roy Serie has bonded out of jail after being arrested today in Jeff Davis Parish for a deadly DWI crash that killed his wife and a woman in another vehicle.

At the time of the crash, Serie and his wife were returning from MD Anderson where Sheila Serie was being treated for cancer. State Police arrested the Ville Platte head coach after toxicology results came back showing he had illegal narcotics in his system.

The school refused to comment on the future of Coach Serie following his arrest.

Here is the press release from Louisiana State Police:

Jeff Davis Parish- Today, troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop D arrested 45-year-old Roy Serie of Ville Platte, LA, in connection with a crash that occurred on May 5, 2010. Serie was the driver of a Ford F-150 that crossed the median striking another vehicle resulting in the death of two people and the injury of another.

This week, troopers received the toxicology results back from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. The results indicated that Serie had illegal narcotics in his system at the time of the crash. Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Serie for the following charges:

Two counts vehicular homicide

One count driving while intoxicated

One count vehicular negligent injuring

Serie was taken into custody today without incident and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail for the warrant.
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May 5, 2010

Five Vehicle Crash Kills Two and Injures Two in Jeff Davis Parish

IOWA - Two people died this afternoon and two others sustained moderate injuries as the result of a five vehicle crash in Jeff Davis Parish. At 3:35 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D received a report of a serious crash on U.S. 165 approximately 5 miles north of Interstate 10. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2007 Ford F-150 driven by 45-year-old Roy Serie of Ville Platte had been traveling north when it crossed the median and struck a southbound 2005 Nissan Armada driven by 34-year-old Shannon Cox of Lake Charles. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Serie's vehicle, 45-year-old Sheila Serie of Ville Platte, was also pronounced dead at the scene. Roy Serie and a passenger in Cox's vehicle, 46-year-old Beth Zilbert of Lake Charles, were transported to hospitals in Lake Charles with moderate injuries.

Three other vehicles were struck by debris during the crash. None of the occupants in those vehicles were injured.

Toxicology samples have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

This is the ninth fatality crash investigated by Louisiana State Police Troop D this year.

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