- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) - State Police say they intend to arrest a man who struck three girls walking to school, killing two.

In a Friday news conference, troopers said that 32-year-old Jeremy Abraham was driving more than twice the 25 mph speed limit when he hit the girls Thursday morning on a Breaux (BROH) Bridge street.

Fifteen-year-old Cornasha Flugence died at the scene while 14-year-old Kylee Henry died on the way to the hospital. Surviving was 13-year-old Niya Flugence, the sister of Cornasha.

She was hospitalized at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and was in stable condition Friday. A hospital operator was unable to update her condition Saturday.

“She’s banged up, had a broken leg,” Cornasha and Niya’s brother, 19-year-old Marcus Thibeaux, told KATC-TV. “We don’t know at this point (if she’ll walk).”

Abraham was taken to a Lafayette hospital where he was in critical condition. Troopers were guarding him and plan to take him to jail on charges including two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular injury, reckless operation, expired license plate, resisting officer with force, battery on a police officer, driving without insurance and driving without a license.

Toxicology results are pending, but it could take a week or longer for those results to come back, determining whether Abraham was impaired.

Police could not say whether Abraham suffered his injuries in the crash or afterward. Police are investigating whether Abraham was beaten by neighbors before a Breaux Bridge police officer could arrest him.

Bright-colored balloons, flowers and stuffed animals marked the corner of Martin and Arnaud streets on Friday afternoon, yards away from where the three girls were hit and less than half a mile from where Abraham lives with his mother.

Abraham, a 13-year U.S. Army veteran who served twice in Iraq, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, his mother, Linda Abraham, told KATC-TV. She said her son was on his way to work at a security firm in Lafayette when the accident happened.

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