- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GONZALES, La. (AP) - After a grand jury declined to prosecute 48-year-old Shawnette Taylor in the June deaths of two children fishing along Bluff Road in Ascension Parish, state police have issued a citation to the Prairieville woman on careless operation.

The siblings died when Taylor’s sport utility vehicle ran off the road and plowed into them, their father and two other adults.

On Friday, the Ascension Parish grand jury declined to prosecute Taylor on two counts of negligent homicide, handing up a no true bill on the felony counts.

But troopers tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1DbvuWp ) on Tuesday they did find probable cause to issue the misdemeanor traffic summons for Taylor in the June 24 crash that killed Sarai Lanus, 9, and her brother, Daylon Lanus, 6, both of Geismar.

The siblings were fishing with their father, David Lanus Sr., 31, and two of his cousins in a bayou that runs under Bluff Road near Prairieville.

Sarai and Daylon died despite attempts by bystanders with medical experience to save the children’s lives. David Lanus and his cousins were also injured in the crash.

District Attorney Ricky Babin, who presented the case to the grand jury, said Friday that while the grand jury did not find the gross negligence necessary for a true bill on the charges, a traffic citation might be forthcoming from State Police.

Trooper Jared Sandifer, spokesman for State Police Troop A, said Tuesday that Taylor failed to maintain control of her vehicle and ran off the road.

“She did cause a crash. That’s why we decided to cite her, for basically losing control of her vehicle,” Sandifer said.


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

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