Heartbreaking Update Goes Viral After 4 Louisiana Teens Injured in Drunk Driving Crash on Way to Prom
Prom is supposed to be a night that is never forgotten but four Central teens will remember their prom for a different reason.
As a matter of fact, the teenagers never made it to their prom after a night sure to be filled with dancing and fun was cut short by a head-on crash with an alleged drunk driver.
According to WBRZ, officials responded to reports of a crash on Central Thruway near Hamilton Avenue around 9 p.m. on Saturday (May 6). As the four teenagers traveled in the inside lane of the thruway headed northbound, for "reasons still unknown" 33-year-old Erick Melendez's 2012 Ford Explorer left the roadway while he was traveling southbound on the thruway.
Melendez's vehicle crossed over the median and entered into oncoming traffic, colliding with the 2005 Toyota 4Runner. The head-on crash caused the 4Runner to flip at least once before landing. The WBRZ report said all four occupants were transported to a hospital as a result of the horrific crash. The accident was so bad that the jaws of life were reportedly used to extricate the injured teenagers.
The Toyota 4Runner flipped at least once before landing on the driver's side facing east across both southbound lanes. All four occupants were transported to a hospital. Three sustained minor injuries. One was transported via air-med for a possibly serious, but non-life-threatening injury. The Ford Explorer came to a stop facing east across both northbound lanes.
WBRZ reports that Melendez " was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation of a vehicle, and driving without a license."
An update from a family member of one of the teens with serious injuries has been shared over 1,000 times on social media. The heartbreaking post from Ashlyn Husser showed her sister just a short while before the accident involving the suspected drunk driver.
Husser shared the graphic details of the accident as well as her gratitude given what she described as a "miracle" that the teens were still alive.
Husser says that her sister still has a long road to recovery ahead of her but many who have commented and shared the update are doing so as a way to remind people about the serious repercussions that come as a result of drinking and driving.
We are sending our good energy and prayers to Ashlyn's family and those affected by the crash and will update this story as more details are recieved.
See the full story here via WBRZ.