Liner dies following wreck
BERWICK, La. — With the death of Miles Liner Saturday, charges may be upgraded for the suspected impaired driver who struck the vehicle Liner was driving near Belle River Thursday.
Liner and his high school sweetheart, Taylor Adams, were returning from their colleges in Baton Rouge to Berwick High School to participate in a skit during that night’s homecoming pep rally.
Yancey Hebert, 46, of Pierre Part, was charged with driving left of center and two counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Friday.
Hebert was traveling east in a 2002 Chevy Silverado on La. 70 near Shell Beach Road in Belle River when he attempted to pass another vehicle traveling east, the sheriff said. Before he finished the maneuver, he hit the 2006 Nissan Sentra Liner was driving westbound head-on, Waguespack said.
“Due to driver error and intoxication, Mr. Hebert’s truck drifted completely across the center line into the westbound lane and struck Mr. Liner’s vehicle head-on. Both vehicles then veered off the roadway to the north where they came to rest,” an Assumption Parish press release stated.
The accident occurred at 1:46 p.m. Thursday.
State Police Troop C investigated the accident, but no report was available from them this morning.
Seat belts were worn by all occupants. Liner was taken to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance’s AirMed. He was placed on life support.
Adams sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City by Acadian Ambulance. She was released from the hospital Friday.
Hebert sustained minor injuries and was taken to Teche Regional by a trooper, according to the release, which also stated that he displayed obvious signs of intoxication. He submitted to blood and urine tests, and results are pending through the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Hebert was being held Friday morning in the Assumption Parish Detention Center. No bail had been set.
Liner turned 21 a week ago today. He was a junior studying biological engineering at Louisiana State University and vice president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on that campus.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City and will resume Wednesday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Berwick from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Morgan City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Miles Liner Foundation” in his memory at any Mid-South bank location.