Arrest made after 71-yr-old Denham Springs woman killed in crash on Hooper Rd.

CENTRAL, La. — The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman in connection to a head-on crash in Central that killed 71-year-old Lucille Holwager.

The arrest

Breanne Beasley, 31, was arrested on March 7 and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless operation and first offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 between Joor Road and Sullivan Road. According to arresting documents, Beasley was driving eastbound on Hooper Rd. in a red Chevy Volt. She crossed over the median into oncoming traffic colliding head-on with Holwager’s Honda CRV. Both women were trapped in their own vehicles until first responders arrived on scene.

“During the extrication process, a syringe with an unknown clear substance was found in the accused’s vehicle (Beasley’s vehicle) between the driver’s seat and center console,” according to documents. It’s why deputies were advised that Beasley was “given Narcan due to suspected narcotics usage and Fentanyl by the hospital for treatment reasons.”

Both women were taken to hospitals for their injuries, but Holwager did not survive. While at the hospital, deputies withdrew blood from Beasley. Her blood sample came showing amphetamine, methamphetamine, gabapentin and hydroxyzine in her system.

Lucille Holwager was on her way to an appointment when she died

Lucille Holwager was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, but did not survive.

Her son, Adam Holwager, said he didn’t know his mother was in the hospital when he got the unexpected call.

“I believe she was on her way to a doctor’s appointment in Baker,” Adam recalled. “I got a phone call around three o’clock from Our Lady of the Lake and they asked me if I knew she’d been in the hospital. I told them, ‘No, and that’s when they told me that she had passed away’.”

Adam said his brother passed away last year, and that left only him and his mother. She leaves behind five grandkids as well.

“She was a selfless person,” he said. “She didn’t have much but worked three jobs when we were younger to make sure we had everything. Everybody who knew my mom knew that she would drop anything to do anything for anybody. She loved everybody. She didn’t hold grudges. She was just a selfless person.”

Adam said he is glad that an arrest has been made.

“Hopefully, justice will be served,” he said. “I just wish she had made better choices.”

Adam thanked the Central PD for keeping him updated throughout the investigation.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

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