LAFAYETTE — The 23-year-old victim of a June 4 crash with a suspected drunken driver was described by her mother as a “bookworm” who loved school, loved to help people and “loved life.”
Emily Anne Landry died Sunday from injuries she suffered during the crash with Gregory Menard, 51 who struck Landry’s vehicle head-on while attempting to pass several cars in a no-passing zone on La. 82, south of Abbeville, authorities have said.
Kenneth Menard, 55, a passenger in Menard’s vehicle, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.
State Police said they could not confirm whether the two men were related.
After his release from the hospital Monday, Gregory Menard was booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on two counts of vehicular homicide, fourth-offense driving while intoxicated and one count of passing in a no-passing zone, said Stephen Hammons, spokesman for the State Police.
Robin Robichaux Landry, Emily Landry’s mother, said family members never left the hospital during her daughter’s stay.
“We’re kind of still in shock,” Landry said.
Emily Landry graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on May 14 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.
She planned to spend a year teaching internationally while preparing herself for physical therapy school, her mother said.
An avid runner and reader, Emily Landry could be found on most days studying and reading at the university library, her mother said.
“She was full of life,” Robin Landry said.
But Landry said she has not yet heard the details about the crash or about the accused driver, although she acknowledged hearing that he had been convicted of drunken driving before.
Menard’s record of DWI offenses dates to 1999, according to court records in Vermilion Parish.
Menard pleaded guilty to a Sept. 4, 1999, first-offense DWI in March 2000.
He was convicted of second-offense DWI in September 2004 in Abbeville City Court.
He pleaded guilty to a third-offense DWI in June 2009 and was given a five-year sentence. All but one year was suspended.
Menard faced another DWI offense in June 2004, but that charge was later dismissed.
Funeral services for Landry are scheduled for Tuesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Holy Family Mausoleum, according to her obituary.
Emily Landry was a New Iberia native and a Jeanerette resident.
She is survived her mother, father, two brothers, a sister and her grandparents, her obituary says.