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Kaplan man accused of DWI in crash

Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 18:12:47-05

A 14-year-old passenger in a vehicle involved in this crash has died. Additional charges for Greene are pending.

A Kaplan man has been booked with DWI in connection with a Saturday night crash that left several people injured, State Police say.

John Greene, 67, of Kaplan was booked with DWI (1st offense), Vehicular negligent injury (5 counts), Reckless operation, and No seat belt, State Police say.

The crash happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, on U.S. 167 near La. 696 in Vermilion Parish. The crash happened when an Abbeville man was driving a Jeep south on the highway. He was rear-ended by Greene’s pick-up truck. The Jeep ran off the road to the right, into a ditch, and struck an embankment.

The driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate injuries. His front seat passenger and three juveniles seated in the rear of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts. One juvenile sustained critical injuries, and the other three passengers sustained moderate injuries. All occupants of the Jeep were transported to a local hospital for treatment, State Police said.

Greene was not wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. Troopers suspected Greene was impaired at the time of the crash, and he submitted a breath sample which showed a BAC of 0.115g%.

Troopers say:

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place before consuming alcohol as it can impair visual ability, diminish fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times. Please choose never to drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up. Simply making safe decisions while in motor vehicles can often prevent serious injury crashes such as this one.