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Deputy's wife speaks about deadly crash


DESTREHAN, LA. (WVUE) - The last six months have been a series of hard moments for Lynsey Watson.

August 4th, was the night St. Charles Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Watson didn't make it home.

December 25th, the first Christmas without him.

January 6th, the day a grand jury declined a vehicular homicide charge in the crash that killed her husband.

"They say it comes easier with time but for me, it's a struggle each day and I miss him more and more," says Watson.

The grand jury ruled 56-year old Dallas Veillon should only be charged with driving while intoxicated for his role in the deadly crash.

FOX 8 obtained the Louisiana State Police report, which shows Veillon's blood alcohol level was 0.10 when he turned into the path of Watson's oncoming sheriff's car.

But that report also found fault in the deputy's actions.

Watson was responding to a call and investigators say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Surveillance video showed he activated his emergency lights less than a second before the crash.

The report also says Watson was traveling 90 miles an hour on Paul Maillard Road, where the speed limit is just 35.

"Do I wish that he hadn't been going as fast?" asks Watson. "Of course I do, because I do feel that could be one of the reasons that this accident maybe could have happened but I don't believe that is the main cause."

Dallas Veillon did not want to go on camera but spoke to FOX 8 by phone. He said he wishes he never left his house that day.

Veillon told FOX 8 Watson's car looked like it was 100 yards away and he couldn't tell how fast the deputy was approaching.

After Watson and Veillon collided, the patrol car slammed into Arthur Tregre's SUV.

The 81-year old is still in the hospital.

For Lynsey Watson, there are more tough days ahead.

The deputy would have turned 42 this Wednesday.

Her daughter, who Jeff Watson loved so dearly, was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

After so many hard moments, Lynsey Watson hopes something good will come out of this.

"I do urge officers to wear their seatbelts," she says. "The danger is not just in a shootout, it's also in the car."

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