A man is remembered by his co-workers and friends one day after his car is hit by an alleged drunk driver.
Lafayette Police say Brian Nolan, 49, of Lafayette, died at the intersection of Dulles Drive and Ambassador Caffery Parkway on Tuesday night after Federico Morales reportedly slammed into Nolan’s vehicle.
Morales, 24, of Lafayette, had three children in his Ford Expedition at the time of the crash. Police say they were not injured.
Police booked Morales into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on counts of vehicular homicide, OWI child endangerment, no driver’s license and failure to obey a traffic control signal. His bail has been set at $41,000. Police say Morales’ blood alcohol content was .186 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit.
A former boss remembered Nolan as “a great employee who was respected by his co-workers and customers alike.”
Friends took to Facebook to express their shock and dismay at Nolan’s death.
“I am still in shock after finding out of the loss of such a beautiful soul. No words can truly express the emptiness my heart feels without you,” Julia Lyles wrote. “God has the perfect angel to redo his house and plant a beautiful garden. Love you and will miss you.”
“I am heartbroken that you are gone. I will miss you deeply,” Alan Gielen wrote.
Nolan is the second person to die in Lafayette due to an alleged drunken driver in less than a week.
The first crash happened early Thursday morning at the intersection of Broadmoor Boulevard and Robley Drive in Lafayette.
Lafayette Police said Miguel Reyes ran a stop sign and hit Jeanne Tatman’s Nissan sedan, killing her instantly.
Records show Reyes had been stopped three previous times and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Reyes is scheduled to appear in front of a judge next month.
“In these two cases you have two people who obviously made the wrong choice and as a result of it, two lives were taken,” Mouton said.
Mouton urges drivers not to drink and drive at all costs.
“People need to understand that if you’re going to consume alcohol you have to do it responsibly,” Mouton said. “Have a plan in place, There are so many options out there you have not to drink and drive.”