Officer charged in deadly accident that killed 2 high school cheerleaders

A Louisiana law enforcement agent that apparently triggered a car crash that killed 2 secondary school supporters on New Year’s Eve while he was in pursuit of a suspect has been billed with homicide.Officer David Cauthron, 42, of the Addis Police Division apparently ran a red light during the chase and also crashed into a car with 3 young guests inside “at a really high price of rate,” according to a declaration from 18th Judicial District Lawyer Tony Clayton.Cauthron was billed with 2 matters of negligent murder. The crash happened simply across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, according to the district attorney’s office.The officer was going after 24-year-old Tyquel Zanders, after Zanders apparently swiped his dad’s automobile, authorities said.The police officer then ran a red light on Louisiana Highway 1 and also crashed into the automobile having the three teenagers, according to the area lawyer’s office.Caroline Gill as well as Maggie Dunn in an image uploaded to the Brusly Senior High School Cheerleading Facebook page.Brusly Senior high school Cheerleading/FacebookMaggie Dunn, 17, as well as Caroline Gill, 16, cheerleaders at Brusly Secondary school, were eliminated in the accident, authorities stated. Maggie’s 20-year-old bro, Liam Dunn, was likewise in the automobile and also continued to be in critical condition at a Lafayette medical facility, officials said.The ladies’ cheerleading squad welcomed loved ones to share photos as well as memories of Maggie and also Caroline in an article on Facebook.”As we grieve the tragic fatalities of Maggie Dunn as well as Caroline Gill please keep their families, close friends, and the BHS neighborhood in your thoughts and also prayers,” a post on the Brusly High School cheerleading Facebook page read. “Their enthusiasm as well as intense smiles will certainly be missed greater than can be visualized.”After the crash, Zanders went across a bridge over the Mississippi River into West Baton Rouge, where replacements from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Division pursued as well as detained him when his car stalled, cops said.Zanders was charged with two matters of manslaughter.Clayton said in a statement that his office will “conduct a complete investigation of the case,” which will consist of analyzing all police device dash video camera and officer camera video, communication with the policeman, and also meetings with witnesses. The case will then be presented to a grand jury.”We will certainly adhere to the realities of the situation, yet I can not recognize why the officer was driving at such a high rate of speed via a traffic signal,” Clayton stated. “Sirens and also squad cars do not offer an officer the authority to cut through a traffic signal. They should decrease or concern a full quit when human life is in threat. In this situation, evidence shows up to reveal that the policeman was blatantly irresponsible, and the lives of these youths would not have been taken had he worked out good sense.”Clayton proceeded, “If it involves placing human life in danger, quit the damn quest. It’s just unworthy the danger. This is a tragic case that has affected lots of families and also an entire neighborhood, as well as finished the lives of youths with a promising future in advance of them. It’s extremely sad.”It is uncertain whether Cauthron has actually retained an attorney.The Addis Police Division did not quickly respond to ABC News’ ask for comment.

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