POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:04pm
HOUMA, LA (NBC33) — An accused car thief caused a crash that killed one person and sent a teen to the hospital.
The Houma Police Department reports that a vehicle was reported stolen from the Blue Diamond Lounge at roughly 1:00 a.m. The victim told officers that she was in the bar with some friends, but when she came out her car was missing.
While investigators were gathering information, they learned that the woman’s vehicle had been involved in a car crash on La. 659 near Carriage Cove. The man who was driving the car, Gregory Poindexter, 33, was transported to the Terrebonne General Medical Center for treatment.
The Louisiana State Police are currently investigating the crash. They say it happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. The preliminary investigation reveals that Poindexter was driving the stolen vehicle in the northbound lane and attempted to pass a vehicle being driven by Terri McKever, 18, of Houma, in a no passing zone. At the same time, a vehicle being driven by Lindy Bascle, 70, of Montegut, was driving in the southbound lane. The two vehicles collided head on. Bascle’s vehicle began spinning and ended up hitting McKever’s vehicle.
Troopers say Poindexter was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. However, he only sustained minor injuries. Bascle was also not wearing a seatbelt, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. McKever was wearing a seatbelt and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Poindexter was arrested and charged with one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Vehicular Negligent Injuring, Passing in a No Passing Zone, No Seat Belt, and No Driver’s License. He was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.