- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GONZALES, La. (AP) - A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the death of a 15-year-old high school student after he was involved in a head-on crash that also injured the student’s two sisters early Tuesday morning, state police said.

Claire Carline, a freshman at Dutchtown High School, was killed in the early morning crash and her two sisters were injured, according to Jared Sandifer, a state police spokesman. Officials said the three teens were on their way to school.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1wvnqAt ) that Dwight Perrilloux III, 19, of Reserve, the driver of the car that struck the girls’ car, was charged with vehicular homicide, first-offense driving while intoxicated and two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, according to state police.

Sandifer said investigators suspect that Perrilloux was impaired at the time of the accident and a toxicology sample was taken and sent to the crime lab.

Perrilloux was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales after the morning accident. He later was released and booked into Ascension Parish jail, Sandifer said.

Claire’s two older sisters, Camille, 17, and Colleen, 16, were also in the crash, Sandifer said. The two were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for treatment, said Doug Cain, State Police public affairs commander.

The crash happened as the three teenagers were traveling west on La. 74 near Interstate 10 at about 7:45 a.m., Cain said. The girls were on their way to school when their car collided with another car traveling east in the same lane as the teens, Cain said. It’s unclear why the driver of the second car was traveling east in the westbound lane, he said.

Claire, the backseat passenger, died at the scene, Cain said.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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