ORANGE, TX (11/03/2015) — A high school football coach was arrested on Tuesday for fatally striking Ava Lewis and LaMya Newhouse with his vehicle.
According to authorities, 53-year-old Carl Broussard—head football and power lifting coach at West Orange Stark High School—was arrested on Tuesday after he struck and killed 25-year-old Ava Lewis and her 6-year-old daughter LaMya Newhouse on Monday night in Orange, Texas.
Police reported that at around 8:00 p.m., Lewis and Newhouse were crossing MacArthur Drive when a westbound vehicle, driven by Broussard, struck the mother and daughter and fled the scene.
Newhouse was a kindergarten student at West Orange-Stark Elementary School.
A spokesperson for the West Orange-Cove CISD issued the following statement:
“The students and staff of West Orange-Cove CISD have been deeply impacted by Monday night’s tragic accident. At this time, we request privacy for our students and staff as we grieve the death of student. Our thoughts are with LaMya’s family and we extend them our deepest condolences. We are working with law enforcement as they investigate this matter.”
A spokesperson for the Orange Police Department stated that Broussard turned himself in on Tuesday night.
According to Orange Police Captain Cliff Hargrave, Broussard has been charged with two counts of “accident resulting in death,” which is a second degree felony.
This hit-and-run accident remains under investigation.
Unfortunately, statistics show that hit-and-run accidents are on the rise, which means pedestrians and motorists alike should be extra vigilant on the road. If you’ve witnessed a hit-and-run accident, please stop and render aid, and contact the local authorities immediately.