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*UPDATE* Unrestrained young teen killed in early December morning crash

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Denise Prouty Denise Prouty
Cory Reed Cory Reed

(KALB News Channel 5) - Due to the level of doubt, uncertainty, and several other extenuating circumstances, Louisiana State Police has continued investigating this fatal crash, which claimed the life of a young teen on December 20, 2013. 

LSP's investigation generated sufficient probable cause to believe that Cody Reed and Denise Prouty conspired to obstruct the investigation into the circumstances of the crash, by removing evidence from the crash scene,  manipulating certain aspects of the crash scene, and lying to Troopers.

Additionally, evidence existed which indicated Reed failed to properly supervise Andrew Mendez, which ultimately contributed to his death, according to LSP. Warrants were subsequently obtained for the arrests of Reed and Prouty.

On March 18, 2014, Reed and Prouty were arrested by LSP Troopers. Reed was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, littering in a wildlife management area, open alcoholic container while operating a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt.

Prouty was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, and no seatbelt.

As the investigation continued, LSP uncovered more evidence that indicated Reed was actually the driver of the vehicle, at the time of the crash, and was also impaired. 

An additional warrant was obtained, for his arrest, and on April 5, 2014 Reed was arrested again by LSP Troopers and charged with vehicular homicide. Reed was booked again into the LaSalle Parish Jail.  

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