Suspected drunken driver kills three in Lafayette Parish crash

Unborn child also killed in crash

Three people died in Lafayette Parish after a pickup driven by a suspected drunken driver slammed into the side of a car while trying to pass another vehicle on La. 343, State Police said.

State Police on Saturday booked Charles Moter, 58, of Duson, into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on three counts of vehicular homicide, third-degree feticide, negligent injuring, driving left of center and reckless operation, State Police spokesman Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons said Sunday in a news release.

Moter was driving north on La. 343, south of U.S. 90, at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him. He pulled into the southbound lane, right in front of a 2001 Saturn car, Hammons said.

The driver of the Saturn steered left to avoid the crash, but Moter’s 1996 Chevrolet pickup barreled into the right side of the Saturn, Hammons said.

Joe Wise, 33, of Scott; Cassie Kilby, 14, Duson; and Kaylin Flyte, 16, Crowley, were passengers in the Saturn. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office, Hammons said.

Wise and Kilby were not wearing their seat belts, Hammons said.

Flyte, who was wearing a seat belt, was pregnant. Her unborn fetus also died, Hammons said.

The driver of the Saturn suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a hospital. So were Moter and his passenger, who each sustained minor injuries, Hammons said.

Troopers learned Moter was impaired at the time of the crash and arrested him after his release from the hospital, Hammons said.

The crash is still under investigation.