PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Officials with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office say the man accused of causing a crash that killed a 15-year-old Dutchtown High School student is still in jail and his bond has been set at $151,144.
Louisiana State Police say 19-year-old Dwight P. Perrilloux, III from Reserve, LA was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the deadly crash.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Highway 74, about one mile away from Dutchtown High School. Claire and her two older sisters were on their way to school.
Reports say Perrilloux was traveling eastbound on Highway 74. At the same time, Claire and her two sisters were traveling westbound. As Perrilloux crossed over the I-10 overpass he came upon stopped traffic. Troopers believe that in an attempt to avoid striking the stopped traffic Perrilloux took "evasive action" by driving into the westbound lane. That is when he hit the vehicle Claire was riding in, head-on.
Claire Carline was wearing her seatbelt in the backseat, but LSP officials said she was not wearing it properly. Her two sisters were properly restrained in the front seat. Claire's sisters were both hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Troopers suspect Perrilloux was impaired by some type of narcotics at the time of the crash. A toxicology sample will determine what type.
An autopsy has been completed on Claire Carline, but the results have not been released.
Perrilloux was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but was hospitalized with moderate injuries. When he was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, DWI and reckless operation.
This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone that may have witnessed the crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500 or their local law enforcement agency.
Update: The Ascension Parish Prison tells WAFB that Dwight Perrilloux has bonded out of jail.