WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A grand jury formally charged an Addis police officer accused of killing two Brusly teens during a New Year’s Eve high-speed chase on Friday morning.
Officer David Cauthron will be formally charged with two counts of manslaughter, one count of aggressive obstruction of a highway, one count of malfeasance in office, one count of negligent injury and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle.
“I get to go home today, they have to go to a graveyard for the rest of their lives because of the gross negligence of that police officer and Mr. Zanders, period,” said District Attorney Tony Clayton.
Cauthron was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 1 in the case.
Two victims were killed in the crash after Cauthron reportedly T-boned a car during a police chase after a home invasion suspect. The victims killed were identified as Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 15. A third victim, Liam Dunn, 20, also was in the car and sustained serious injuries.
“Right now, I feel relieved, I feel like justice will be served, that was the right call in my opinion,” said Caroline’s father Jason Gill.
“In my opinion, that blue lights don’t give you the right to part the red sea…”They get caught up on the adrenalin, adrenalin turned into tunnel vision and that tunnel vision turned into the death of these kids,” Clayton said.
“We’re here because of the tragedy that these folks went through and I can’t imagine a parent having to bury a child,” said Clayton.