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Louisiana man arrested for fatal crash that occurred in March

It took seven months, but Louisiana State Police have arrested and jailed a man for causing a fatal car crash this March in Metairie. The crash killed an 88-year old man.

According to state police, on March 13, the 29-year-old driver crossed into traffic going the opposite direction, striking the car being driven by the elderly man. He also reportedly hit two parked cars that were unoccupied at the time and eventually ended up off the road.

The man has been charged with vehicular homicide as well as vehicular negligent injuring and not having a driver's license. He was injured in the crash, as was his passenger. Both were hospitalized.

According to the state police, they didn't suspect the man of being drunk when they responded to the crash. However, a drug test, which he agreed to take, showed that he had drugs in his system. A state police spokesperson didn't elaborate on specifically what those drugs were.

It was not reported whether it took all of these months for authorities to obtain the results of the man's blood tests. However, they obtained an arrest warrant on Oct. 13.

It can take considerably longer for authorities to confirm the presence of drugs in a driver's system than alcohol. Proving in court that the driver was impaired by those drugs and that this impairment caused the crash can be challenging as well.

However, regardless of what criminal consequences an at-fault driver faces for his or her actions and the outcome of any trial, victims and surviving family members can still seek compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other damages in civil court.

Source: The Advocate, "Man jailed this week in connection with deadly car crash in Metairie earlier this year," Ramon Antonio Vargas, Oct. 25, 2017

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