Impaired driver kills teenager in Terrebonne Parish crash
By: Louisiana State Police
Bobtown – Shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning, Troopers with Troop C were notified of a single-vehicle fatality crash on LA 57 near Canebreak Avenue. The crash took the life of 16-year-old Makayla Gregoire of Houma.
The preliminary investigation revealed 35-year-old Reva Hood of Houma was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon southbound on LA 57. For reasons still under investigation, Hood ran off of the road to the right and struck a tree. Hood was unrestrained during the crash and was not injured. Gregoire was seated in the rear of the vehicle unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced deceased on scene by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment on the part of Hood was suspected and she was placed under arrest. Hood provided a breath sample which showed her to be over the legal limit for alcohol. She was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Center on charges of LRS 14:32.1 Vehicular homicide, LRS 14:98 DWI Second offense, LRS 14:130.1 Obstruction of Justice, LRS 32:58 Careless operation, LRS 32:295.1 No seat belt, and LRS 40:1390 Interfering with the duties of an Officer.
Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of fatal crashes across the state of Louisiana. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in Louisiana are caused by impaired drivers. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times. Alcohol can begin to impair a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.