Bond not raised for woman accused in fatal DWI crash

The suspect in a fatal crash on the Causeway did not see her bond increased, but the court did order her to submit to drug testing and to wear an alcohol monitor.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. -- The suspect in a fatal crash on the Causeway did not see her bond increased, but the court did order her to submit to drug testing and to wear an alcohol monitor. 

Olivia Matte's bond will remain at $126,000, Jefferson Parish Commissioner Paul Schneider ordered, but added that Matte must wear a SCRAM bracelet, which detects alcohol, and she must submit to random drug testing.

Schneider said bond is to meant to assure appearance in court, not to punish defendants.  

Queenita Blackmond, the widow of James Blackmond who was killed in the crash, told the court that Matte "took away my future with my husband." Blackmond was killed when Matte crashed into him on the Causeway.

Blackmond's family has been outraged by the bond for Matte.

Matte was booked for Blackmond's death. The crash also hurt his brother-in-law, who was with him on the way to a job in Port Fourchon. It was Matte's third DWI arrest in less than a year.

She faces a bond-revocation hearing in St. Tammany Parish on Monday for a prior DWI charge. That hearing was set after he arrest in the Causeway crash.

Matte was able to walk out of the courthouse with her parents.

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