A Louisiana cop is going through fees for plowing into an unrelated automotive and through a high-speed chase on New 12 months’s Eve — leaving two highschool cheerleaders lifeless.
Officer David Cauthron, 42, of the Addis police drive, was charged with two counts of negligent murder Sunday within the deaths of Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, based on WBRZ.
Maggie’s brother Liam Dunn, a freshman on the College of Louisiana at Lafayette, was reportedly critically injured within the crash.
Eighteenth Judicial District Lawyer Tony Clayton berated the cop, who has been with the police division for lower than a yr. He beforehand labored for a sheriff’s workplace within the state.
“That cop has plenty of inquiries to reply pertaining to his velocity and sheer negligence,” Clayton mentioned Sunday, based on WBRZ. “The general public can relaxation assured, we are going to comply with the details.”
Maggie Dunn, left, and Caroline Gill, proper had been killed after officer David Cauthron hit their automotive on New Years’ Eve. Fb / Brusly Excessive College Cheerleading
Sources informed the information outlet that Cauthron’s car was going about 86 miles per hour throughout the chase of suspect Tyquel Zanders, who’s accused of stealing a member of the family’s automotive. Sources additionally informed the information station the police officer didn’t slam on the brakes earlier than hitting the automotive the ladies had been in.
Witnesses mentioned Cauthron ran a pink mild when his police automotive reached the intersection and bumped into the victims’ automotive round midday, based on the information station.
The chase started when Zanders, 24, entered a house the place he was not welcomed and shoved his father to the bottom earlier than taking the keys to a Nissan, The Advocate reported, citing Clayton and reserving paperwork.
Zanders, who was later arrested when his automotive stalled, is anticipated to additionally face fees of manslaughter within the deaths of the 2 women on prime of the costs tied to the automotive theft, based on the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Workplace, the newspaper reported.
The scene of the crash that left Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill lifeless after Officer Cauthron struck them throughout his pursuit of Tyquel Zanders.Youtube / WBRZ
“He put the chain of occasions into play,” Clayton, the prosecutor, informed The Advocate. “He’s liable for all of the reactions to his actions. He’s going through two counts, and if that poor child doesn’t survive, he’ll face one other.”
The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Workplace additionally carried out the arrest of the police officer, based on the newspaper.
The 2 slain highschool college students had been remembered by the Brusly Excessive College cheerleading crew in a Fb submit Sunday.
“As we mourn the tragic deaths of Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill please preserve their households, pals, and the BHS neighborhood in your ideas and prayers,” the cheerleading crew acknowledged. “Their enthusiasm and vivid smiles will likely be missed greater than might be imagined.”
Dunn, left, and Gill, proper, had been within the automotive with Maggie’s brother Liam Dunn, a freshman on the College of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was reported to be critically injured within the crash.Brusly Excessive College Cheerleading/
The highschool mentioned Dunn was a junior and Gill was a sophomore.
“We’re saddened by the loss to our college neighborhood and can make each effort that can assist you and your little one as you want,” mentioned highschool principal Walt Lemoine.