Texas woman facing vehicular homicide charge stemming from Vinton wreck

Millie Powell (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Millie Powell (Source: Louisiana State Police)

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A Texas woman has been charged with vehicular homicide stemming from a Vinton accident that claimed the life of another Texas woman, according to a news release from the Louisiana State Police.

Troopers said on March 1, at 7:15 p.m., authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash on La. 109, about a half mile north of I- 10 in Calcasieu Parish.

Troopers said according to preliminary investigation, a 2010 Ford Fusion, driven by 74-year-old Millie Powell of Port Arthur, Texas, was traveling north on La. 109 when the vehicle she was driving struck the rear of another vehicle that was lawfully stopped and waiting to turn left into a private driveway, causing relatively minor damage.

Troopers said Powell was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries and the driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

A passenger in the vehicle Powell was driving, 92-year-old Rubye Jones of Port Arthur, Texas, was transported from the scene with moderate injuries.

The night of the crash, Powell was charged with DWI, careless operation, expired driver's license and first-degree vehicular negligent injury.

Powell was not booked into jail due to her injuries, troopers said.

On March 3,  Jones died at the hospital. Troopers said the Calcasieu Parish Coroners' Office subsequently ruled her death was the result of injuries she sustained during the crash.

Troopers said on Thursday, Powell was arrested by State Police for vehicular homicide and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. Bond was set at $30,000.

The charge of vehicular homicide replaces the previous charge of first-degree vehicular negligent injury, troopers said.

A toxicology sample was obtained from Powell and was submitted for analysis.

Toxicology results are pending and the crash remains under investigation, according to troopers.

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