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19-year-old faces negligent homicide charge

By Monique Roth
L’Observateur

ST. ROSE — A 19-year-old St. Rose man is behind bars after he was arrested and booked with negligent homicide last week in connection with a November wreck that claimed the life of his 20-year-old passenger.

Christopher Lymous of 220 White Oak Drive was arrested Dec. 31 on a warrant issued Dec. 30, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said, for charges including negligent homicide, reckless operation and not wearing a seat belt.

The arrest stemmed from a wreck, occurring shortly after 11 p.m. Nov. 1 on Louisiana 626 at milepost 1, that killed Charles Green Jr. of St. Rose, Lymous’ front seat passenger.

Lymous was involved in the single-vehicle crash in St. Rose, where his vehicle flipped and Green was ejected and thrown from the vehicle, landing inside the wood line beyond the ditch, authorities said. Green was pronounced dead at the scene. Champagne said Lymous did not show any signs of impairment at the November scene and voluntarily submitted to a breath and blood test, which revealed he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Authorities said Lymous admitted to driving approximately 90 mph in a 55 mph zone before losing control of the vehicle, adding Lymous and a rear seat passenger, Justin Houston, 18, of St. Rose each reported minor injuries.

Trooper Melissa Matey of Louisiana State Police Troop B said none of the vehicle’s occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Lymous remains incarcerated in lieu of a $75,000 bond.