Louisiana State Police have arrested a Kaplan man in the fatal accident Saturday night in which two teens were killed.
The crash took the lives of Alana Duhon, 16, of Abbeville, and Sydney Colomb, 15, of Maurice, said State Police spokesman Sgt. Jared L. Sandifer.
Tyler J. Meaux, 20, was arrested shortly after the 7:30 p.m. crash on US 67 south of LA 697 in Vermilion Parish, Sandifer said in a news release.
The crash occurred as Meaux was driving south in the northbound lanes of US 167 in a 2013 Ford F-150. He collided head-on with the 2012 Honda Civic that Duhon was driving, Sandifer said.
Even though she was properly restrained, Duhon suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment on her part is not suspected, Sandifer said. Colomb was a rear seat passenger in the Civic. She was unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries. Two other teenage male passengers in the Civic were transported from the scene to Lafayette General Medical Center with moderate injuries.
Meaux was unrestrained at the time of the crash but suffered only minor injuries. After the crash, he ran from the scene but was located a short time later on US 167 and taken into custody, Sandifer said.
Impairment on Meaux's part is suspected, and a toxicology sample was taken from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Meaux was booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring; and one count each of reckless operation of a vehicle, hit and run driving, one-way roadway violation, and not wearing a seat belt.