Troopers charge driver with vehicular homicide, DWI in crash

Troopers charge driver with vehicular homicide, DWI in crash

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police has arrested a man in connection to a crash that killed a Baton Rouge woman on July 7. 
After investigating what caused a truck to flip on a Louisiana highway leaving one person dead and another badly injured, troopers were able to collect evidence that proved 42-year-old Marcus Castille was driving the vehicle.

An arrest warrant was issued for Castille on charges of vehicular homicide, DWI 1st offense, reckless operation, no driver's license, altered temporary tag, altered motor vehicle inspection, failure to register vehicle, and no insurance.

According to LSP, Tasha Gross, 35, of Baton Rouge, was thrown out of the truck as it overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Castille, also of Baton Rouge, was partially ejected as the vehicle rolled over. He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with serious injuries.

LSP said the wreck happened on LA 410 (Blackwater Road) near LA 408 (Hooper Road) around 10 p.m. July 7. Investigators said the pair was headed south on Blackwater when the 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche flipped on the highway and rolled over several times until it stopped on its roof in the driveway of a home.

Neither Gross nor Castille was properly buckled.

Troopers gathered evidence and presented it to a 19th Judicial District Court judge who determined it proved Castille was driving at the time of the crash.

Castille remains in the hospital and he will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail upon his release.

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