Vehicular Homicide Charge
A 21-year-old Deville, LA youth faces an additional charge of vehicular homicide involving the death of a teenager in lower LaSalle Parish on December 20, 2013, according to a news release by the Louisiana State Police.
Early on the morning of December 20, 2013, a single vehicle crash killed a young teenager from Deville and injured two other occupants. All three occupants were not wearing a seatbelt and were ejected during the crash.
Troopers responded to the crash around 4:15 AM, which occurred on Diversion Canal Levee Road just off LA 28 in lower LaSalle Parish. The crash involved a 1999 Chevrolet pickup, reportedly driven by Andrew Mendez, age 14.
According to the report released following the crash, the truck was southbound on Diversion Canal Levee Road when Mendez lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle overturned.
An Assistant LaSalle Parish Coroner pronounced Mendez dead at the scene. Mendez’s passengers were identified as Cody Ethan Reed, 21, and Denise Marie Prouty, 18, also of Deville. They were both transported to the Rapides Regional Trauma Center in Alexandria, LA, for treatment. Reed received serious injures and Prouty received moderate injuries.
On Monday of this week, State Police released an updated report on the accident, which follows:
“Due to the level of doubt, uncertainty, and several other extenuating circumstances, Louisiana State Police have continued investigating this fatal crash, which claimed the life of a young teen on Dec. 20, 2013.
“LSP’s investigation generated sufficient probable cause to believe that Cody Reed and Denise Prouty conspired to obstruct the investigation into the circumstances of the crash, by removing evidence from the crash scene, manipulating certain aspects of the crash scene, and lying to LSP Troopers.
“Additionally, evidence existed which indicated Reed failed to properly supervise Andrew Mendez, which ultimately contributed to his death.
“Warrants were subsequently obtained for the arrests of Reed and Prouty. On March 18, 2014, Reed and Prouty were arrested by LSP Troopers. Reed was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, littering in a wildlife management area, open container while operating a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt. Prouty was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt.
“As the investigation continued, LSP uncovered evidence that indicated Reed was actually the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, and was also impaired. An additional warrant was obtained for his arrest and on April 5, 2014, Reed was arrested again by LSP Troopers and charged with vehicular homicide. He was booked again into the LaSalle Parish Jail.”