UPDATE: Two Facing Charges into LaSalle Parish Fatal Crash

UPDATE: Two Facing Charges into LaSalle Parish Fatal Crash

Louisiana State Police say two people are facing charges related to a fatal crash in December in LaSalle Parish.
UPDATE April 7: Louisiana State Police say two people are facing charges related to a fatal crash in December in LaSalle Parish.

The crash on December 20 killed 14-year-old Andrew Mendez. 

Louisiana State Police say due to the level of doubt, uncertainty, and several other extenuating circumstances, they've continued investigating this fatal crash.

LSP’s investigation generated sufficient probable cause to believe that Cody Reed and Denise Prouty conspired to obstruct the investigation into the circumstances of the crash, by removing evidence from the crash scene, manipulating certain aspects of the crash scene, and lying to Troopers.

Additionally, evidence existed which indicated Reed failed to properly supervise Andrew Mendez, which ultimately contributed to his death. Warrants were subsequently obtained for the arrests of Reed and Prouty.

On March 18, 2014, Reed and Prouty were arrested by LSP Troopers. Reed was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, littering in a wildlife management area, open alcoholic container while operating a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt. Prouty was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt.

As the investigation continued, LSP uncovered more evidence that indicated Reed was actually the driver of the vehicle, at the time of the crash, and was also impaired. An additional warrant was obtained, for his arrest, and on April 5, 2014 Reed was arrested again by LSP Troopers and charged with vehicular homicide. Reed was booked again into the LaSalle Parish Jail.



Original Story December 20:

LaSalle Parish -- A crash early Friday morning in LaSalle Parish left one teen dead and two others injured.

State Police say the crash happened at 4:15 on Diversion Canal Levee Road, just off LA Highway 28.

State Police say 14-year-old Andrew Mendez was driving was southbound on Diversion Canal Levee Road when Mendez lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle began overturning.

All three passengers were thrown from the pickup truck. State Police say none of them were wearing a seat belt.

Mendez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mendez’s passengers, identified as Cody Ethan Reed of Deville and Denise Marie Prouty of Deville, were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.

Reed received serious injuries and Prouty received moderate injuries.

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
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