In an email to student this afternoon, Nicholls identified and offered condolences to the family and friends of three Nicholls students killed in a car crash last night: Michaila Bowling, nursing freshman from Luling, La., Hali Coss, allied health sciences freshman from Luling, La., and Lily Dufrene, nursing freshman from Luling, La.
According to State Police, the two-vehicle crash occurred on LA Hwy 20 in the community of Chackbay. A vehicle, driven by 39-year-old Joey Clement of Thibodaux, struck the girls’ SUV head-on, causing both cars to burst into flames. All three occupants in the SUV suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Clement displayed signs of impairment and was arrested for DWI fourth offense with additional charges pending.
The email from Dr. Caruso is shared below:
I am deeply saddened to inform you of the tragic deaths of three Nicholls students, Michaila Bowling, nursing freshman from Luling, La., Hali Coss, allied health sciences freshman from Luling, La., and Lily Dufrene, nursing freshman from Luling, La., in the early hours of November 20, 2021. We offer our sincerest condolences to Michaila’s, Hali’s and Lily’s families, friends, loved ones, and all who knew them.
During this time of tremendous loss, we are reminded of the importance of community. There is no greater sadness for a university and its members than the loss of a student. It is even more difficult in the tragic loss of three. I would like to remind you that we have services to support the emotional well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
I encourage those who feel they may need support or observe a Nicholls family member in distress to contact the Counseling Center, which remains open for in-person appointments and virtual appointments, at (985) 448-4080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Michele Caruso