Hahnville man convicted in fatal boating accident in St Charles Parish
A Hahnville resident convicted of vehicular murder and four counts of first-degree negligent assault was sentenced to eight years in prison on Jan. 27 in St. Charles Township.
29th Circuit Court Judge Timothy Marcel sentenced Kevin Comardelle, 25, to 20 years in prison with 12 years probation. Comardelle is also ordered to take driving and addiction courses while she is incarcerated. He will be on probation for five years after his release and must adhere to an alcohol monitoring program. Comardelle was also fined $2,000 and must pay damages to the victims.
Comardelle pleaded guilty on October 31, 2022 to vehicular murder and four counts of first-degree negligent injury following a two-vessel boating incident on the Bayou Des Allemands on July 4, 2020. The incident resulted in several passengers being seriously injured and the death of Audrey Higgins, 36, of Luling.
Law enforcement officers at the Louisiana Department and Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) were notified of the fatal incident involving the vessel immediately after the collision at approximately 9:26 p.m. on July 4, 2020.
After an extensive investigation, agents discovered that Comardelle collided with another ship while driving under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested on September 21, 2020.
A hearing was scheduled to determine the monetary value of the victim’s compensation.
The LDWF Enforcement Department acted as lead investigative authority in this case. Assistant District Attorneys Juan Byrd and William Starr represented the prosecution.