LAFAYETTE — A pickup driver who struck three teenage girls on Martin Street in Breaux Bridge on Thursday morning, killing two of them, was driving “well over twice” the 25 mph speed limit, State Police said.
Jeremy Abraham faces two counts of vehicular homicide and several more charges upon his release from a Lafayette hospital, where he was reported in serious condition Friday, said Troop I spokesman Brooks David.
The nature of Abraham’s injuries and a timeline for his release is unclear, David said.
“His eyes were open. The troopers spoke to him (Friday),” David said. “However, he wouldn’t speak back to the troopers. So we don’t know yet if it’s something medical or if he’s just not wanting to speak.”
It could take a week or longer for a return on blood tests, which will determine whether Abraham was impaired at the time of the crash, David said.
Bright-colored balloons, flowers and stuffed animals marked the corner of Martin and Arnaud streets on Friday afternoon, yards away from where the three girls were hit and less than half a mile from where Abraham lives with his mother.
Abraham, a 13-year U.S. Army veteran who served twice in Iraq, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, his mother, Linda Abraham, told KATC-TV. She said her son was on his way to work at a security firm in Lafayette when the accident happened.
State Police say Abraham was driving his Ford F150 before 7:30 a.m. Thursday when he struck the victims, a utility pole and two culverts. Cornasha Flugence, 15, died at the scene; 14-year-old Kylee Henry died en route to the hospital. Cornasha’s sister, 13-year-old Niya Flugence, is in stable condition at a Baton Rouge hospital.
“She’s banged up, had a broken leg,” Cornasha and Niya’s brother, 19-year-old Marcus Thibeaux, told KATC-TV. “We don’t know at this point (if she’ll walk).”
Accounts have been set up at Chase Bank to help fund funeral costs for Cornasha and Kylee, as well as medical bills incurred by all three girls.
Cornasha was a Breaux Bridge High School student, and Kylee was a student at Breaux Bridge Junior High School with Niya, according to St. Martin Parish School System officials.
Advocate staff writers Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess contributed to this report.