Kenner police book woman in Wednesday’s fatal crash on I-10

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 in Local Issues


By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune
February 11, 2010, 8:44AM
carol-banks.jpegCarol Banks, 62

A 62-year-old woman accused of causing a car crash that killed three people in Kenner on Wednesday was booked with three counts of negligent homicide, police officials announced Thursday morning.

Carol Banks, of the 3600 block of Loyola Drive in Kenner, was also jailed with reckless operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run driving, Lt. Wayne McInnis said.

Meanwhile, officials identified the three victims killed in the 4 p.m. wreck on Interstate 10 between Interstate 310 and Williams Boulevard as Gerard Faucheux, 42, of Meadville, Miss.; his father, Nelson Faucheux, 72, of the St. James Parish community of Paulina; and his mother, Shirley Faucheux, 72, of Paulina.

Witnesses and physical evidence helped investigators determine that Banks sped west on I-10 in her 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis in the moments leading up to the wreck, McInnis said.

At some point, she swerved from the left lane to the center lane and struck a Toyota Sienna that Gerard Faucheux drove. The Siena slid on its side, across the median and directly into the path of Chevy Tahoe driving on I-10’s eastbound span.

Faucheux and his parents all died in the car after the Tahoe barreled into them.

Meanwhile, Banks drove on, McInnis said. She took the Loyola Drive exit, where Kenner police officers responding to 911 calls about the wreck detained her.

Louisiana law punishes negligent homicide with up to five years in prison upon conviction.

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