Formal charges are expected to be pressed against the 32-year-old Breaux Bridge man accused of fatally hitting two teenage girls with his truck in October within the next seven to 10 days.
St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said he will charge Jeremy Abraham soon after he receives the state police investigation and the toxicology report. So far, though, Cedars said there has been no evidence to prove Abraham is struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which was widely reported after the Army Veteran allegedly killed the Breaux Bridge High students while driving twice the speed limit in their neighborhood Oct. 30. Fifteen-year-old Cornasha Flugence and 14-year-old Kylee Henry were walking to school when the accident occurred. Niya Flugence, Cornasha’s younger sister, was also hit, but survived.
Whether Abraham suffers from the anxiety disorder mostly associated with war veterans “has no relevance” to the case, Cedars said.
“At this point, it’s fairly clear he was impaired, but PTSD has nothing to do with if he was or not,” Cedars said. “Just because someone has some sort of issue or problem gives them no right to operate a vehicle impaired and drive it erraticly at high speeds in a neighborhood.”
Cedars said he will decide the charges based on three elements: Was Abraham operating a vehicle? Was he impaired? What is the basis of that impairment? The facts, Cedars said, do not justifiy “the consideration” of PTSD.
Abraham remains booked at the St. Martin Parish Jail, where he is held on $133,000 bail.
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