Louisiana man gets 21 years for roadside crash that killed 3

Louisiana
Iberia Parish Jail_49666

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man was sentenced to 21 years in prison Monday for the drunk driving deaths of three people who were trying to help a stranded motorist.

Todd Williams, 40, was sentenced on Monday, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said. He had pleaded guilty to three felony counts of vehicular homicide.

The accident happened late on June 16 on an elevated expressway in suburban New Orleans. The victims were three men who had gotten out of two cars to help a motorist. The motorist’s car had struck a rail and come to a stop and was facing oncoming traffic due to a blown tire.

The Rev. Claude Luther Williams, Jr., 40, of Gretna stopped his car, authorities said. He and his friend Williams J. Leinart, 49, of Gretna got out to help. Another driver, Joseph Chopin, 66, of Marerro, also stopped to help.

Todd Williams’ car hit the disabled vehicle, which hit another vehicle and the three victims, who were thrown from the elevated expressway and fell 30 feet, the district attorney’s news release said.

Williams blood-alcohol content was .11 percent, above the .08-percent legal limit, the release said.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

49°F Clear Feels like 49°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
92%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few passing clouds. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F A few passing clouds. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Crowley

46°F Clear Feels like 46°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
95%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Mostly clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Opelousas

48°F Clear Feels like 48°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear. Low 43F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Mostly clear. Low 43F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Breaux Bridge

48°F Clear Feels like 48°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Generally clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Generally clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

New Iberia

47°F Clear Feels like 47°
Wind
3 mph ESE
Humidity
100%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Low around 40F. Winds light and variable.
46°F Partly cloudy. Low around 40F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph NE
Precip
0%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories