Woman behind bars after Basin crash that left one woman dead

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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 6:53pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 7:03pm

Some residents and attorneys are wondering why a Florida woman is in jail after a deadly crash on the Atchafalaya Basin.

Year-old Lois Rudd is out of the hospital and in the Iberville Parish Prison.

Police say she was speeding with an SUV full of kids when she flipped and they all went into the Basin.

The other woman, 25 year old Mina Bell of St. Petersburg died in this crash.

"Who would want to kill their best friend on purpose?

Crystal Billiot is a mother of five and she drives the Basin Bridge all the time. She tells NBC33 she can’t imagine being the cause of someone dying.

"I mean that's bad enough."

A Florida woman, Lois Rudd is in jail after she overcorrected. Her SUV flipped and her friend died. Rudd along with five children, from five-weeks to nine-years-old was all left fighting for their lives.

"I could be driving down the road and get in an accident and someone in my car could die which would an event you would never get over in your life at the same time your dealing with that emotional strife then your arrested and put in jail?,” said Baton Rouge attorney Jarret Ambeau.

This is one of those instances that lawyers like Jarrent Ambeau say are very difficult to grasp. How did police have probable cause to lock her up?

"We have to make sure that's actually criminal and not a tragic accident and that’s the key.”

But right now, some people worry police don't have enough evidence to charge her with a crime.

"I don't believe the women were drunk there’s just about no way," noted Billiot.

It’s now in the hands of a judge because her charges are set. They are 5 counts of negligent injury, one count of negligent homicide, and careless operation.

"It seems out of the ordinary that they would have put this woman in jail and held her there pending this investigation then say lets determine whether or not there is criminal liability then take action," noted Ambeau.

It’s hard to say how long this investigation will last.

“I think police officers and people of the court need to put themselves in this ladies position and judge with their heart."

'It's a slippery slope," said Ambeau.

Rudd is being held on a 25 thousand dollar bond. Last time we checked, all five children are still in the hospital. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
 

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