The driver accused of killing a Krotz Springs man in a fatal hit and run crash two years ago pleaded guilty this morning.
There was a little sigh of relief for the parents of the victim, Aaron Quibodeaux after Brittany Coupel pleaded guilty to hit and run with a fatality and obstruction of justice.
“I feel that some justice has been served for my son.” said Laurie, Aaron’s mother.
“It’s better than what it was.” added Anthony, Aaron’s father.
This comes a week after the family of the victim protested outside the St. Landry Parish Courthouse to call out District Attorney Earl Taylor after learning Coupel’s charges were downgraded from vehicular homicide to a misdemeanor hit and run.
Laurie believes that was the moment the da’s office decided to raise the charges.
“The media played a huge part in our success. There is no way that this would have occurred if I wouldn’t have called about it.” Laurie said.
However, Laurie was only somewhat satisfied with the ruling.
She handed News 15 a report from the August 2017 crash stating that Coupel had admitted to drinking but there was also no test done.
According to the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Coupel had also received a DUI several months before the crash that killed Aaron.
“Brittany Coupel had a DUI in January in 2017 and they still have not brought her to court on that. I wanted that to be heard prior to my son’s case being heard today because that would have guaranteed that she received jail time.” said Laurie.
For now, the Quibodeauxs wait for Coupel’s sentencing.
“They were going to try to give her a slap on the wrist but these are charges that she needs to face so she doesn’t do this again.” said Laurie.
With the hit and run with a fatality and the obstruction of justices charges, Coupel faces up to 15 years in prison.
Coupel is scheduled to be sentenced on November 12th