Eighteen-year-old Richard Billingsley of Prairieville was pushing a disabled vehicle off of the highway when he was hit by a speeding vehicle operated by a drunk driver. Billingsley was pronounced dead at the scene on LA 42 west of LA 44 in Ascension Parish. The intoxicated operator, 41-year-old J. Thomas Bowers, suffered no injuries.
Prior to the accident, Billingsley was riding with an unidentified woman when the SUV they were riding in broke down. Authorities reported that the driver turned on her emergency flashers and Billingsley got out to push the vehicle off to the side of the road. Unfortunately, according to the report, Bowers was traveling east on LA 42 and did not stop, striking Billingsley while traveling above the speed limit. The SUV driver received minor injuries while Bowers, despite not wearing a seat belt, was unharmed.
After Louisiana State Police arrived at the scene, Bowers refused to submit to a breathalyzer and was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital a blood sample was obtained. Bowers was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI, vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation, open container, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt. This is Bowers’s second DWI offense.
In addition to potential criminal charges, the victims of these accidents or their families could file suit seeking compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).