St. Landry

Oct 7, 2011 8:47 PM by Maddie Garrett

Mother Questions if Toxicology Tests are Enough

A deadly motorcycle accident nearly a year ago still leaves one family mourning, and looking for answers.

This Sunday marks a year since Holly Castille lost her daughter, Amber Richard, and son-in-law, Roderick Ricchard, after a pick up truck crashed into their motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 182 and St. Ann Avenue. The couple also left behind a four year old daughter.

"This is a horrible deal where somebody's children are killed. I felt very strongly about that and we looked at this very closely to make sure we did everything we could to make sure justice was done," said St. Landry District Attorney Earl Taylor.

A urine sample was taken from the driver, Anthony Taylor, at the scene of the accident. While the toxicology report indicates two narcotics were in the driver's system, the results were inconclusive.

"There was no way that they could quantify to determine whether or not the person was actually under the influence of those drugs, whether or not those drugs played a part in the accident itself," explained Taylor.

Taylor said a blood test would have would have shown what was actually in the driver's system at the time of the accident, but State Troopers only take those tests when the driver appears impaired.

Castille said if blood had been taken here at the scene of the accident, she might have justice today.

"And it just tears me up inside when there's nothing you can do when you have proof right in the front of you. And I know it's not enough, and I'm not blaming the State Troopers, I'm not blaming the DA, because it's the system," said Castille.

Castille said she thinks a blood test should be required in any fatality accident, no matter what the circumstances.

"Where is the law to protect innocent kids that lost both of their parents at such a young age, or anyone that they lose," questions Castille.



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