Charges have been upgraded against an alleged drunk driver accused of crashing into a bench on July 3 because the person who was sitting on it at the time has died.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Ever Hernandez, 39, is now charged with vehicular homicide because the victim died. The victim's name has not been released by authorities.
According to BRPD, the crash happened on Florida Boulevard at North 26th Street around 2:15 p.m. Emergency officials said the victim suffered two broken legs, a broken knee cap, a head injury, and more.
Hernandez was arrested the day after the crash. Investigators said he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the left side of the road, hitting a bus bench where the victim was sitting. Hernandez then reportedly fled the scene.
Police said they found him as he was trying to enter his apartment. They added he showed signs of intoxication. According to officials, Hernandez was read his rights and then reportedly admitted to drinking before driving. Officials said his blood alcohol concentration measured .188 percent.
In addition to vehicular homicide, Hernandez is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (1st offense), careless operation, hit and run, and failure to be licensed.
Bond has not been set.