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James Blackmond, 37, killed, Kelly Johnson injured, and Olivia Matte, 26, charged in collision on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway near Matairie, Louisiana

Modified Date: 
Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:50pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Driver in fatal Causeway crash has prior DWI arrests

Blackmond was behind the wheel of a southbound pickup about three miles from Metairie when Matte, driving a car, hit the pickup from behind, sending it onto the bridge railing, Dufrechou said. The pickup rode the railing for about 100 feet and was going backwards when a section of aluminum railing penetrated the cab's rear window and hit Blackmond, Dufrechou said.

Judge refuses to revoke bond for accused Causeway drunk driver

Badeaux required that Matte be confined to her parents' home between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and said she cannot consume alcohol or take any mind altering medication. 

Memorial held for man killed on Causeway by alleged drunk driver

The family of James Blackmond says they're working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to come up with legislation to stop impaired drivers from getting onto the road.

Northshore woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for 3rd DWI, which killed man on causeway

Olivia Matte learned her fate Thursday at the courthouse in Gretna. The sentence includes the first five years without probation or parole because of her high-blood alcohol level.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Olivia Matte
James Blackmond
Kelly Johnson

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