Breaux Bridge man re-arrested in highway death
A Breaux Bridge Man has been charged with vehicular homicide resulting from a two-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 328 near Dermile Calais Road.
On Friday, Jan. 2, Louisiana state troopers with Troop I obtained an arrest warrant for Emmanuel Wiltz, 30, charging him with vehicular homicide and driving left of center. Wiltz was arrested for the second time in four days and booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center.
Troopers said that on Tuesday, Dec. 30, Wiltz was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado south on LA 328 while 56-year-old Betty Borel of Breaux Bridge was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu north on LA 328. As the two vehicles approached, Wiltz’s Silverado veered into the northbound lane striking Borel’s vehicle head on.
Troopers said Wiltz was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries. Borel was also wearing a seat belt but sustained what were believed at the time to be moderate injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she subsequently died.
Wiltz was suspected of being impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology samples were taken from both Wiltz and Borel and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Meanwhile, Wiltz was booked into jail on suspicion of DWI, resisting and/or obstruction of an officer, vehicular negligent injuring and driving with a suspended license. He was released on bond.
Troopers upgraded the charges and re-arrested Wiltz after being notified that Borel died from injuries received in the accident.
Troop I investigated 61 fatal crashes resulting in 74 deaths in 2014.