Speed, alcohol helped cause Monday’s double-fatality crash

Published 12:14 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

LAPLACE – Toxicology results revealed on Wednesday that drunken driving and speeding were the cause of Monday morning’s double fatality crash on Interstate 10, said Louisiana State Police representatives. The St. Charles Parish Coroner’s Office has also identified the two victims in the crash.

Preliminary results indicate that Nechole Thomas of Houston tested over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent. Thomas was speeding on the right shoulder of I-10 west approaching mile marker 214 when the Mercedes she was driving struck the rear of a 2012 Nissan Altima that was stopped on the shoulder of I-10 west at mile marker 214.6 for unknown reasons. Both vehicles caught on fire. Thomas was able to escape from the Mercedes and received only minor injuries.

After the fire was extinguished, two occupants were discovered in the Altima and pronounced dead on the scene. The two individuals killed in this motor vehicle crash were Alice Young, 42, and Bryan Young Sr., 54, both of Victorville, Calif. Alice Young was the driver of the Nissan Altima and Bryan Young Sr. was the front seat passenger.

Thomas was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI, reckless operation and driving with a suspended license. She was booked into the St. Charles Parish Correctional Center with a $300,000 bond for all charges. Drug testing is still pending. The investigation is ongoing.