Metairie Man Arrested for Negligent Homicide in Crash that Killed a Pedestrian

Published 6:26 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Metairie – On October 20, 2021 shortly after 6:30 am, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on US 61 (Airline Highway) near Transcontinental Drive in Metairie. This crash ultimately claimed the life of 60-year-old Grant Reed of New Orleans, LA.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2005 Cadillac Escalade, driven by 73-year-old Bruce Breaux of Metairie, LA, was traveling north on US 61 in the left lane, approaching the Transcontinental Drive intersection. At the same time, Reed was walking across the northbound lanes of US 61 at the Transcontinental Drive intersection.  Reed was struck by the Escalade and was pronounced dead on the scene. Breaux was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash.

Through investigative means, Troopers were able to determine that speed was a factor in the crash.  Given the findings, Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Breaux through the 24th Judicial District Court charging him with Negligent Homicide and Speeding. Today, shortly before 6:00 pm, Breaux was placed under arrest and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

Impairment is not suspected on the part of Reed or Breaux, however routine toxicology tests will be completed as a part of the ongoing investigation.

Troopers would like to remind all motorists to make good decisions, such as buckling your seat belt, obeying all posted speed limits, and avoiding all distractions while driving.  Pedestrians should always make themselves visible to drivers by wearing bright/light-colored clothing and reflective materials. Pedestrians should always walk on a sidewalk, but if no sidewalk is available, they should walk as close to the roadway edge and face traffic. If pedestrians walk at night, they should carry a flashlight for added safety.