Louisiana toddler gives the gift of life six times over after deadly crash involving impaired driver

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Sarah Douglas

NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – It has been 18 days since 9-year-old Abby Douglas was killed by what Louisiana State Police call an ‘impaired driver.”

The deadly crash took place in Gretna around 8 p.m. and Abby died two dies later in the hospital.

The mother of Abby Douglas posted these pictures of the crash scene.

According to the Louisiana State Police, “58-year-old Wendell Lachney was driving a 2020 Infinity Q50 south on LA 23 at a high rate of speed and rear ended a 2014 Toyota Sienna, which was also traveling south on LA 23.”

The force of the crash pushed the Sienna into a vehicle in front of it. That vehicle was a 2014 Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Abby Douglas was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was taken to a local hospital.

Lachney was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries.

The 58-year-old is facing multiple charges including:

  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Reckless Operation
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana)
  • Open Container
  • Seatbelt Violation

In the aftermath of this deadly crash, the mother of Abby Douglas recently shared this message on Facebook about who she calls, “My Love; My Light:”

Received this message in the middle of a long day of appointments after #WendellLachney chose to drive after smoking marijuana and drinking whiskey for 4 hours, slammed into the rear of my minivan, and killed our darling Abby.

She saved 6 human beings. My love; My light. 💗 #abitails #abbyslight #DontDrinkAndDrive #MakeBetterChoices #BoomBaby Abby’s Light

Abby’s organs helped save 6 lives according to a text message shared by the 9-year-old’s mom.

Image courtesy of Sarah Douglas

Now, a friend of the family has created a petition to push for the maximum sentence for Wendell Lachney in this case.

The petition along with details from the bond hearing provided by Katie Phillips can be found here.

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