Driver faces vehicular homicide, other charges in crash that killed 2 children; BAC nearly twice the limit

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - Charges have been upgraded against the driver arrested in connection with a crash that left two young children dead after the toxicology results showed his blood alcohol concentration was almost twice the legal limit.

Louisiana State Police reported Stephen Daigle, 47, of Gonzales, is now charged with vehicular homicide (2 counts), first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, and vehicular negligent injuring. He remains in the Ascension Parish Jail.

Troopers identified the victims as 8-year-old Willie Williams Jr. and 1-month-old Arielle Philson, both of Houston, TX.


The wreck happened on I-10 West between the Gramercy and Sorrento exits around 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

Sr. Tpr. Bryan Lee said witnesses reported Daigle was weaving in and out of traffic on I-10 West in a 2016 Toyota Corolla and rear-ended a 2017 Jeep Wrangler driven by Aisha Philson, 34, of Houston. Lee added the impact caused her to lose control and go off the road.

Lee explained the Jeep then flipped, throwing Williams, Arielle Philson, and a 12-year-old passenger out of the vehicle. Lee added Daigle's car went into the median and stopped when it hit the cable barrier. According to Lee, no one in either vehicle was properly buckled up. He said Aisha Philson and the 12-year-old suffered serious injuries. He added Daigle had minor injuries.

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