ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Seven months after a deadly crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Dylan Martin, the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence.
The crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. on May 22, 2015 on US Highway 61 in Ascension Parish.
According to State Police, a 2005 Suzuki Forenza driven by 24-year-old Jason Williams left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a culvert. The vehicle then rolled several times before coming to a rest on the roof.
Williams' passenger, 21-year-old Dylan Martin, was partially ejected from the vehicle and died from his injuries. LSP officials say Martin was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
Williams received minor injuries in the crash.
At the time of the crash, a routine toxicology test was taken and submitted to the Louisiana State Crime Lab for analysis.
"Troopers obtained a warrant and arrested Williams [Saturday] after receiving his toxicology results indicating that he was impaired at the time of the crash," said officials with Louisiana State Police.
Williams was originally charged with careless operation. He is now charged with vehicular homicide/driving under the influence. He was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where he is awaiting arraignment. No bond has been set at this time.
According to Dylan Martin's mother, he was the youngest of her four sons. She said "he was too trusting and loved everyone he met. He loved to make people laugh." He left behind his mother, step-father, three brothers, five nieces and a nephew.
"I have already lost enough. Losing my son is very painful. I aim to get MADD mother's involved because Mr. Williams was under the influence," said Laurrie Perrilloux, Dylan's mother.