Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Lafayette man with vehicular homicide and other counts in the Mardi Gras collision that killed longtime Lafayette Parish School System employee Carol Ann Richard.
Arraignment is set May 19 for Bryce Chapman, 23, who was also charged with two counts of vehicular negligent injuring and one count each of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, careless operation and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, court records show.
Chapman was booked on second-offense OWI in the crash, but the charges in the court record do not reflect a prior conviction. The District Attorney’s office was unavailable late Wednesday for comment on the discrepancy.
Chapman is accused of driving drunk in the collision that killed Richard, 66, at the intersection of Moss Street and Halifax Drive. Police have said Chapman rear-ended Richard’s car, which burst into flames upon colliding with another vehicle in the impact.
Richard died on the scene, and three others were hurt in the crash, police said.