BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (WAFB) - A Breaux Bridge man has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after a deadly crash claimed the life of 56-year-old Betty Borel.
Emmanuel Wiltz, 30, was driving south on LA 328 shortly before 3 p.m. on Dec. 30. At the same time, Borel was traveling north on the same road. As the two vehicles approached each other, Wiltz's vehicle veered into the northbound lane, hitting Borel head on.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Wiltz received minor injuries, and Borel was taken to the hospital with what were believed to be moderate injuries.
Wiltz was suspected of being impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology samples were taken from Wiltz and Borel and were submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
On December 30, 2014, Wiltz was booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail on DWI, resisting and/ or obstruction of an officer, vehicular negligent injuring and driving with a suspended license.
Later that evening, Troopers were notified by hospital personnel that Borel had died from her injuries. Troopers contacted the St. Martin Parish Jail to have the charges amended due to the death of Borel. Troopers were informed Wiltz posted bond and was released from jail on the previous charges.
On January 2, 2015, Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Wiltz, charging him with vehicular homicide and driving left of center. Wiltz was arrested and taken to the St. Martin Parish Jail where he was booked on the charges.
This crash remains under investigation.
Troop I Troopers investigated 61 fatal crashes in 2014, resulting in 74 deaths.