Aug 18, 2011 6:35 PM by Maddie Garrett

Funeral Held for Crowley Teen Hit by Drunk Driver

A Crowley teen was laid to rest Thursday after being hit by a drunk driver less than a week ago.

Northside Christian School let out early Thursday morning, so that faculty and students could say goodbye to one of their own, 18-year-old Mitchell Romero.

"She was a good caring person and I loved her a lot," said Joseph Trahan, a friend of Romero's.

Joseph Trahan wasn't in school this afternoon... Instead he's attending the funeral of his former classmate.

"It's sad you know, it's like a person you knew and a couple days later she's just gone from the world. It's real disturbing," said Trahan.

Romero was hit by 34-year-old Tyson Dupuis last Friday night, who was allegedly driving drunk. But Mitchell was expected to make a full recovery, until she collapsed in the hospital on Sunday and died.

"There's no way we can comprehend that kind of loss and our hearts go out to this family, and our prayers with them," said Loyd Singley, Senior Pastor at Northside Assembly of God.

But on the day of her funeral, family and friends aren't focusing on that tragic accident. Instead a graduation gown hung in the window, awards from her time as President of 4-H were on display, and dozens of pictures captured Mitchell's life.

"We can't bring Mitchell back so we have to go on and make the best and try to ask the lord to help with forgiveness and grace to get through all of this," said Singley.

Meanwhile, Dupuis, who was originally charged with DUI 2nd Offense, Hit and Run and Reckless Driving, was arrested Sunday following Romero's death. He is charged with Vehicular Homicide, and has bonded out of the Acadia Parish Jail on $50,000 bond.



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