It was May 5th of 2010 when the crash occurred along Highway 165 leaving two vehicles nearly demolished. The truck driven by Roy Serie cut through the median and struck a another traveling in the opposite direction.
Serie's wife, 45-year-old Sheila Serie of Ville Platte was killed, as was 34-year-old Shannon Cox of Lake Charles, who was driving the other vehicle.. Beth Zilbert was a passenger in the Cox vehicle and was severely injured but survived. "I'm working very hard to rebuild my life that was nearly destroyed because of actions that had nothing to do with me. I had nothing to do with what happened to me that day."
The investigation and tests would reveal that Serie was allegedly under the influence of THC the drug found in marijuana. He was charged with vehicular homicide, felony negligent injury and DUI. Zilbert was anxiously waiting for the case to be resolved in court, but it's been continued, she thinks, for the fourth time. "It's hard to move on and really put something horrible and horrific behind you when every couple of months in anticipation that I might have to testify at a trial or give an impact statement."
Zilbert says each time the case appears headed for court she has to re-live the details again. "It makes it so that moving on becomes almost impossible until this part of the process finally has some closure which would be the criminal justice process needs to just do what it will or won't do with Mr. Serie."
Serie works for the Evangeline Parish School Board. At this point, it looks like the case will be taken up March 7th in State District Court in Jeff Davis Parish...
Jeff Davis District Attorney Michael Cassidy says the case cannot go forward this week due to scheduling problems.