The Louisiana State Police are searching for a white minivan believed to have been involved in an accident that led to the death of a toddler. The fatal accident took place near LA 632 on US 90. Anyone with information regarding this white minivan is asked to contact Troop B in St. Charles Parish.
It is believed that the white minivan in question was in the right lane of the highway when it passed a speeding car in the left lane. When the van got past the car in the left lane, it pulled in front of the car and applied its brakes. This caused the car to swerve to the right and crash into a ditch.
The driver, front seat passenger and a four-year-old in the backseat all sustained minor injuries. Unfortunately, the 2-year-old passenger was not properly restrained and was thrown during the accident. Despite the efforts of medical personnel at an area trauma center, the toddler died as the result of head trauma sustained in the accident.
The Louisiana State Police have indicated that speed is a factor in the crash. However, it is not yet clear whether impairment was also a factor; and toxicology tests have been sent for analysis. The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.
The family of the toddler retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties responsible for the fatal accident that stole the toddler's life before it had a chance to begin. The results of the official investigation, including locating the white minivan, may be used by the family to identify the party or parties to be named in a civil action. Those same results can be used to illustrate the negligence of the responsible parties and that their actions led to the toddler's death.
Source: wwltv.com, "Child dies after St. Charles Parish crash," March 1, 2013