Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Friday (March 29) it secured a guilty plea to vehicular homicide from a Little Woods woman who had cocaine in her system when she crashed head-on into a telephone pole in 2016, killing her 59-year-old male passenger in New Orleans East.
Vickie Pryor, who turns 52 on Monday, pleaded guilty as charged to the crime on March 22. As part of a plea agreement approved by the victim’s family, Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman imposed a state prison sentence of 10 years, with credit for time served. State prosecutors agreed not to have Pryor sentenced as a repeat felony offender by invoking previous theft and drug-related convictions.
Pryor was impaired while driving front-seat passenger Carl Larosa, 59, in her 1998 Toyota Corolla around 1:18 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2016. New Orleans police traffic fatality investigators determined Pryor sideswiped one telephone pole at a high rate of speed before traveling 80 feet off the roadway and crashing directly into another pole in the
7200 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
Both of the car’s airbags deployed in the collision. Pryor was injured and hospitalized after the crash, but Larosa was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt-force injuries.
A toxicology report from the Louisiana State Police determined that Pryor had cocaine and the cocaine metabolites benzoylechonine and ecgonine methyl ester in her system at the time of the crash. Pryor was arrested in July 2017 after the toxicology report was completed.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Danon prosecuted the case.
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