Man Charged in Head On Crash that Killed One of Three Sisters Driving to School

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

At approximately 7 a.m. on December 9, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 74 east of I-10 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 14-year-old Claire Carline of Prairieville, La.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 19-year-old Reserve, LA resident Dwight P. Perrilloux, III was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger eastbound on LA Hwy 74. At the same time 17-year-old Camille Carline was driving with her two sisters in a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic westbound on LA Hwy 74. As Perrilloux crossed over the I-10 overpass he came upon stopped traffic. Troopers believe that in an attempt to avoid striking the stopped traffic Perrilloux took evasive action by entering into the westbound lane of travel. Upon doing so the Charger struck the Sonic head on.

Claire Carline was riding in the rear seat of the Sonic and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Troopers believe that she was not wearing her seatbelt properly at the time of the crash. Both Camille Carline and her 16-year-old sister (front seat passenger) were properly restrained at the time of the crash. However, both were transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with moderate injuries. Driver impairment on Carline’s part is not suspected.

Despite the fact that he was properly restrained Perrilloux was transported from the scene to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales with moderate injuries. Troopers suspect that driver impairment on his part was a factor in the crash, and a toxicology sample was taken from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. After being released from the hospital, Perrilloux was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail and booked for Vehicular homicide, Vehicular negligent injuring (2 counts), DWI (First offense), and Reckless operation.

This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone that may have witnessed the crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500 or their local law enforcement agency.

Troopers wish to remind motorists that impaired driving and drugged driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Troopers will actively enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws across the state and will remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired and drugged driving.