Driver in fatal crash charged with negligent homicide

Police believe suspect knew truck had a malfunctioning brakes and drove anyway

SHREVEPORT, La. - Shreveport Police Crash Investigators have charged a man in the death of a woman and the injuring of a man who were run down in an intersection as they were crossing a street last November.  


At approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2017, Charles Chism, 65, was at the wheel of a 1990s GMC pickup on Nov. 25 when it struck 32-year-old Ryan Reetz, of Shreveport, and Zoleka Daughtrey, 36, of New Orleans as they were crossing Texas Avenue and Spring Street.


Both victims were transported to University Health Hospital with serious injuries, and on Nov. 26, Daughtrey died of her injuries.


 Detectives with the Crash Investigations Unit responded to the scene and began their investigation.


Chism was taken to the Shreveport Police Department where he submitted to routine toxicology testing. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.


However, preliminary information gathered at the scene suggested that Chism’s truck may have had a malfunction, which contributed to the crash.


After an extensive investigation that included a mechanical inspection of the truck, detectives found evidence that suggested that Chism was aware that his vehicle had a malfunctioning brake system and knew that the truck was not safe to drive.


Based on this information, investigators were able to obtain a warrant for Chism’s arrest. He has been charged with one count of Negligent Homicide and one count of Negligent Injury.


Chism was arrested without incident and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail just after 8 a.m. today.




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