Police: Suspect in crash that killed relatives of 49ers player was over alcohol limit

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Posted on February 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6:50 PM

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LAPLACE, La. -- The two people who were killed in a fiery crash on I-10 early Monday morning were the aunt and uncle of a San Francisco 49ers player who were leaving the city after the Super Bowl, according to a report on the Pro Football Talk web site and according to Delanie Walker's Twitter account.

"Alice and bryan young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk," said a post on Walker's Twitter and Instagram accounts. He added another saying that he'll miss them, but they are in a better place.

State Police said their investigation is continuing and that they are waiting for autopsies to confirm the identities.

The two-vehicle accident happened around 5:30 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 214.

Nechole Thomas, a 26-year-old Houston resident, was driving "at a high rate of speed" on I-10 westbound when she hit the rear of a vehicle stopped on the shoulder, according to state police. Both vehicles caught on fire.

Thomas was able to escape the accident with minor injuries, but the two people in the stopped car -- a 2012 Nissan Altima -- were found dead inside of the vehicle.

It wasn't until 6:20 a.m. that the fire was extinguished.

Preliminary toxicology results "indicate that Thomas tested over the legal blood alcohol limit" of .08 percent.  Drug testing is still pending, according to State Police.  The investigation is on-going.  Thomas was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation. She is being held in the St. Charles Parish Correction Center.

Delays had six miles in length by 7:40 a.m. There are also delays eastbound due to drivers slowing to look at the accident.





 

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