Additional charges filed against bus driver in fatal Sunday tour bus crash

Source: LSP
Source: LSP
Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 3:53 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2016 at 3:56 PM CDT
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LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - Authorities say a third person has died from injuries suffered when a bus hit a fire truck and other vehicles on Interstate 10 west of New Orleans last weekend.

State police say 33-year-old Vontarous Kelly, of Moss Point, Mississippi, died Thursday. Kelly was a passenger in a car driven by Jermaine Starr, another Moss Point resident who died following Sunday's crash on an elevated highway stretch.

Additional charges have been filed against Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, 37, who now faces a total of three counts of negligent homicide, 41 counts of negligent injuring, reckless operation and driving without a license.

Louisiana State police say three people were killed and a total of 41 injured in the Sunday morning accident that closed Interstate-10 for several hours.

The investigation showed that the initial crash involved a 2005 Nissan Titan, driven by 30-year-old Javontris Lawson of Marrero.  Lawson was speeding and lost control of the Titan, striking the left guardrail.

The Titan then crossed the left and right lanes and struck the right guardrail. The vehicle came to rest across the right lane and right shoulder. Lawson and his passenger, 37-year-old Bryan Hill of Kenner suffered minor injuries.

Authorities responded and blocked the right late with a fire truck. Three firefighters were standing near the right guardrail between the Trooper's unit and the Titan, assisting with the minor injuries and investigation.

It was then the tour bus struck the fire truck causing a chain reaction accident involving the Camry, fire truck and Chevrolet Silverado and flatbed trailer.

It then struck the three firefighters near the guardrail, throwing them over the edge of the elevated interstate into the water below.

The crash remains under investigation and additional criminal charges are forthcoming against Rodriguez

The dead included St. John the Baptist Parish fire chief, Spencer Chauvin, whose funeral was Thursday.

Bond for Rodriguez was set at $1.1 million for the man driving the bus.

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