A head-on crash on Airline Hwy. north of Gonzales on Christmas morning left a Livingston Parish woman dead, and another woman critcally injured, according to Louisiana State Police spokesperson Trooper Russell Graham.


A head-on crash on Airline Hwy. north of Gonzales on Christmas morning left a Livingston Parish woman dead, and another woman critcally injured, according to Louisiana State Police spokesperson Trooper Russell Graham.
Ascension Parish deputies arrested Antonio Arias, 32, of Gonzales, and booked him with vehicular homicide, two counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, felony hit-and-run, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States. Authorities originally released the suspect’s name as Antonio Morales.
State Police have charged Chelsea Cowart, 20, of Maurepas, with driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide due to alcohol impairment, Graham said.
Cowart and two other women were traveling northbound on Airline Hwy. at around 3 a.m. Dec. 25 when the Honda Civic she was driving collided head-on with the southbound Ford truck Arias was driving in the northbound lane.
The front-seat passenger in the Civic, 23-year-old Sharie York of Pearl, Miss., was killed in the crash. She was not wearing a seat belt, Graham said.
 The rear-seat passenger, 20-year-old Jennifer Cowart of Maurepas, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered life-threatening injuries.
Chelsea Cowart sustained minor to moderate injuries, Graham said. Both were taken to a Baton Rouge hospital.
Arias fled the scene on foot, Graham said. Ascension Parish detectives were able to apprehend Arias later.
Graham said there was no report of any injuries to Arias.
In the wake of the deadly crash, Graham warned against drinking and driving. He also stressed the importance of seat-belt use.