NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office announced the conviction of Luke Allison, 26, of one count of vehicular homicide. At a pretrial conference this afternoon, the defendant pled guilty-as-charged in the 2014 death of Joshua Snell.
On October 26, 2014, Allison, of Metairie, was driving a Honda Civic in the 5600 block of Magazine Street. The defendant lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole. His passenger, Joshua Snell, was ejected from the vehicle on impact and died on the scene. Four hours after the accident, prosecutors say the defendant had a blood alcohol reading of .209, which is more than twice the legal limit. At the hospital following the accident, the defendant initially told police that Snell was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The victim's mother flew to New Orleans today to give a victim impact statement. Following the statement, Judge Ben Willard sentenced the defendant to serve a 7-year prison sentence in the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Assistant District Attorneys Arthur Mitchell and Rachel Hurd prosecuted the case.
In response to the conviction, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro stated, "I was glad that my office was able to conclude this case before the approaching holiday season and, I hope, provide some small measure of closure to Mr. Snell's family. I appreciate his mother's willingness to stick with my office during a long and arduous process. Her statement to the Court was enough to make any parent shudder."