Woman jailed after fatal crash

Published 4:55 am Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Bogalusa woman was arrested on June 20, after further investigation into a fatal crash in which she was involved.

Emelda Mingo, 59, of Bogalusa, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a vehicular homicide charge.

Mingo was involved in the Dec. 29, 2016, crash that claimed the life of Joseph “Chris” Bruno, 60, of Bush, who was riding a motorcycle. Bruno was the pharmacy supervisor at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.

Under Louisiana state law, a vehicular homicide charge is enforced when a motorist is involved in a fatal accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, Bruno’s 2002 Honda Silverwing motorcycle was travelling south on Highway 21 the evening of Dec. 29, 2016. At about 7 p.m. as Bruno approached the intersection of Pierce Road, a 2011 Chevy Malibu pulled out of the driveway of the Sun Village Bingo Hall and failed to yield to the motorcycle. Mingo was the driver of the Malibu.

According to the sheriff’s office, Bruno was unable to avoid the collision and he hit Mingo’s vehicle. Bruno was ejected from his motorcycle during the impact.

Bruno was airlifted to Lakeview Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Mingo was transported to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital with minor injuries.

Mingo received a traffic citation for failing to yield from a private drive.