The Breaux Bridge man accused of killing two teenage girls and injuring a third in an October hit-and-run has been charged with vehicular homicide in the 16th Judicial District Court.
Jeremy Abraham, 32, faces two counts of vehicular homicide and a count of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring in the hit-and-run that killed Cornasha Flugence, 15, and Kylee Henry, 14, and seriously injured Niya Flugence, 13, while they were walking to school.
Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Thursday there was enough evidence in the State Police investigation for him to file a bill of information charging Abraham on Jan. 9 even though his toxicology report remains incomplete.
“There’s facts that point to his impairment that serve as the basis for my charge at this point in time,” Cedars said.
He declined to say which substance or substances are suspected to have played a role.
A blood sample taken from Abraham the day of the Oct. 30 incident was sent to an Indiana lab for analysis and is expected to be completed “any day now,” Cedars said.
The lab tests for all substances, including hard-to-detect synthetic compounds, provide a quantitative analysis that shows how much of a substance is in the sample.
“Once we get the quantitative analysis, I will get a toxicologist to examine the results and tell me how that would affect one’s motor skills and cognitive function,” Cedars said.
Those results will help determine what led Abraham to drive erratically that morning down Breaux Bridge’s Martin Street, where he ran over the three girls while traveling at more than twice the 25 mph speed limit.
Abraham is a 13-year U.S. Army veteran who served twice in Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, his mother, Linda Abraham, has said. She said her son was on his way to work at a Lafayette security firm when the incident happened.
State Police say Abraham was driving his red Ford F150 before 7:30 a.m. that Thursday when he struck the girls, a utility pole and two culverts. Cornasha died at the scene, and Kylee died en route to the hospital. Cornasha’s sister, Niya, was the sole survivor.
Abraham, who spent five days in the hospital after the incident, has been jailed since Nov. 4 in the hit-and-run on a $133,000 bail. His arraignment is set for Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.
No attorney had enrolled as his counsel as of Thursday afternoon.
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