BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (WAFB) - The man driving the vehicle that crashed into three children walking to school Thursday morning has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, vehicular injuring, and hit and run according to Louisiana State Police.
During a news conference Friday morning, officials with State Police say 32-year-old Jeremy Abraham was driving 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Officials also say he did not have a driver's license or insurance, he had an expired license plate, and he did not have a motor vehicle inspection sticker.
Abraham is still in the hospital, but State Troopers are stationed at his bedside and will stay there until he can be taken to jail.
Abraham has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular injury, reckless operation, no insurance, no driver's license, expired license plate and no motor vehicle inspection sticker. He also faces charges of resisting an officer and battery of a police officer.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday as 32-year-old Jeremy J. Abraham of Breaux Bridge was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 eastbound on Martin Street. At the same time, three juvenile pedestrians were walking eastbound along Martin Street. State Police say Abraham stuck the children from behind.
"For reasons still under investigation, Abraham's pickup struck the children as they walked," said State Police in a news release. "After striking the children, the Ford pickup continued east before running off road to the right and entering a ditch on the south side of the roadway. As it entered the ditch, the Ford continued to travel in an easterly direction striking a utility pole and a culvert before crossing the intersection of Babineaux Street and reentering the ditch. The pickup reentered the ditch and struck a second culvert before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Martin Street."
A 15 year old girl died at the scene, a 14-year-old girl was taken to the hospital where she later died. A 13-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and is now listed in stable condition. Officials have not released the names of the children.