Metairie Woman Killed in Gruesome DWI Crash

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in DUI/DWI, Local Issues

A car crash on I-10 Saturday night has resulted in the death of a 76-year-old woman from Metairie, Claire Lajaunie, as well as the critical injury of the driver, a 77-year-old woman from New Orleans.

The intoxicated driver was 22-year-old Dalton Lewis from Pearl River. He was driving his Lexus at over 100 miles per hour when he struck Lajaunie’s Honda SUV from behind, which proceeded to lose control and flip on the interstate after it struck the metal guard rail.

Lewis was treated for injuries before being released into police custody. He is being charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury.

This once again highlights the terrible consequences of driving while intoxicated. Please, if you do drink this Mardi Gras season, take a cab home or use a designated driver. If you do get arrested, call Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for immediate assistance and a case evaluation.

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