Man accused of causing deadly New Year's Eve crash released on $63k bond

Christopher Price (Source: EBRSO)
Christopher Price (Source: EBRSO)
Multi-vehicle crash kills 1, injures 3 on New Year's Eve (Source: WAFB)
Multi-vehicle crash kills 1, injures 3 on New Year's Eve (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of causing a deadly, multi-vehicle crash on New Year's Eve that took the life of a 51-year-old Zachary, LA woman was arrested Sunday night and has been released on a $63,150 bond.

According to Louisiana State Police, Patricia Titus of Baton Rouge was killed in a crash on Plank Road in Baton Rouge around 10:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Troopers said the 2012 Toyota Camry that Titus was driving was hit by a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Christopher Price, of Zachary, who was 20-years-old at the time.

They added a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Cleola Muse, 71, of Baton Rouge, and a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Charmessia Venson, 24, of Baton Rouge, were then involved in the crash.

LSP said Price, Muse and Venson were taken to area hospitals with moderate to severe injuries.

According to the probable cause report, Price, now 21-years-old, was taken to the hospital and was unconscious when his blood was drawn for toxicology testing. On April 25, 2014, the toxicology and blood alcohol reports from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab were concluded.

The reports show Price's blood tested positive for opiates and THC-marijuana during the time of the crash.

Price was arrested on a warrant on Sunday, June 22, 2014. He was released on bond by Monday morning.

He is charged with vehicular homicide, DWI, reckless operation, first degree negligent vehicular injury and negligent vehicular injury.

Investigators are working to determine whether impairment is a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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