Lafayette assistant DA facing felony charges after boating accident injures children in Pointe Coupee

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POINTE COUPEE, La. (BRPROUD) – A Lafayette assistant district attorney is on the wrong side of the law, facing felony charges after a hit-and-run boating crash that left three children hurt.

On Monday, Chris Richard, 64, was arrested on felony charges for his alleged involvement in the incident.

Shortly after being escorted inside, Richard walked out of Pointe Coupee Detention Center refusing to utter a word to our cameras.

Richard was allegedly operating a 20-foot pontoon boat when he hit three children that were being pulled on a tube from another vessel in False River on Aug. 8.

One of the juveniles in the tube suffered a fractured pelvis and was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Outside of the detention center, attorney Steven Moore had a verbal exchange with reporter Jonah Gilmore.

Moore: “Most people go home from their camp on Sunday afternoon.
Jonah: “But if you have kids injured.”
Moore: “How do you know?”
Jonah: “If you know kids are going to the hospital.”
Moore: “How do you know they were injured?”
Jonah: “But why not wait and see, that’s the question.”
Moore: “No.”

Moore said the incident was terrible, but his client did not do anything wrong.

“It’s a shame what happened, there’s no doubt things should have probably worked out a little different, but I don’t think anyone had any intent for anyone to get hurt. There was nothing malicious about what Mr. Richard did, I think everyone knows that or should know that,” said Moore.

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux said it’s not about what he did but rather what he did not do following the accident.

“Nobody can justify his actions. Here you go with three children hurt, left in the water and fled the scene in a pretty fast manner,” said Thibodeaux.

Richard posted a $40,000 bond allowing him to return home.

He said although Richard is free for now, he’s hoping he is prosecuted to the fullest extend.

“No matter who you are, we’re all held to the same rules and regulations and the same standards,” said Thibodeaux.

Richard is charged with negligent injuring, careless operation and hit and run.

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