Last Saturday, on February 29, a man driving a car in Baton Rouge crashed into a car that was parked on the side of a residential road. The home belonged to the Pineda family. At about 2:30 am, a neighbor heard the crash and came running out of her home.
The neighbor said she saw that a car had indeed crashed into her neighbor’s SUV. However, she said that, while the vehicle was still there, the man had gotten out of the car and ran away.
The car had crashed into an SUV parked outside of the Pineda’s home. The crash was so severe, the SUV was actually pushed into the house and landed inside the owner’s bedroom. The owner of the home, 69-year old Jaime Antonio Pineda, was sleeping inside the house.
When the police arrived on the scene, they found Pineda, dead inside his home. They also found the wreckage of both the car and the SUV. They talked to witnesses and learned that the man driving the car had, indeed, taken off.
Just a few days later, on Tuesday, March 4, 2020, the police finally made an arrest in the case. They arrested 23-year old Jermaine Applewhite. He was charged with negligent homicide along with a slew of other criminal charges.
The police still don’t know exactly what caused Applewhite to crash into the SUV outside the Pineda home. They have not indicated if alcohol or drugs had anything to do with the accident. The problem is, when the suspect isn’t located right away, it can be very hard to prove either way whether they were under the influence at the time of the crash.
If you or your loved one are injured in any kind of motor vehicle accident, be sure to contact our office right away.