Driver in fatal Causeway crash booked with 3rd DWI

Drivers involved in fatal Causeway crash identified, woman charged with 3rd DWI

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - "The tragic end to this is that a we lost a life," Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.

A 37-year-old man died and his passenger was rushed to the hospital after a being rear-ended by drunken driver.

Police said 26-year-old Olivia Matte, of Covington, was speeding in a white Honda Fit when she rear-ended a red Ford Ranger. The impact pushed the pickup truck onto the bridge railing, and the vehicle rode the railing for more than 100 feet. The railings started to break apart and pierced the windshield of the Ford Ranger.

James Blackmond, of Mississippi, lost his life.

"It happened quickly, but the bottom line is that a life was lost. That shouldn't have happened," Dufrechou said.

The passenger in the pickup truck, Kelly Johnson, was taken to the hospital with injuries, but he's expected to be ok.

"The driver of the white car was drunk, and apparently, it's her third offense. She'll be charged with vehicular homicide. Her actions changed the lives of many people," Dufrechou said.

Dufrechou said Matte initially refused to take a breath test, but eventually gave in. According to the police report, her blood alcohol level was .216 - nearly three times the legal limit. Matte was driving on a suspended license.

"Apparently, she got a duplicate license illegally. She's facing multiple charges at this point," Dufrechou said.

It's her third DWI in the past year. Her first arrest was also on the Causeway, back in June when her blood alcohol level was .186.

"It's one thing to harm ourselves, but to harm someone else is senseless and criminal," Dufrechou said.

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