Six-year-old succumbs to injuries after Thursday afternoon crash

Louisiana State Police

BATON ROUGE – At approximately 7:30 p.m. on May 26, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a three vehicle crash involving serious injuries on La. 42 (Highland Road) at the intersection of La. 427 (Old Perkins Road) in East Baton Rouge Parish. Yesterday, Troopers learned that six-year-old Ava Branstetter of Prairieville, had succumb to injuries she sustained in the crash.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 67-year-old Jacque Gregory of Prairieville, was traveling westbound on La. 42 in a 2004 Nissan Quest. Gregory failed to yield and began making a left turn onto La. 427. At the same time, 30-year-old Karl Tiemann of El Paso, Texas was traveling eastbound on La. 42 in a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. Tiemann’s vehicle struck the right side of Gregory’s vehicle in the intersection causing it to roll onto its driver’s side.  Gregory’s vehicle began to slide through the intersection on its driver’s side and was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 53-year-old Aileen King of Stuart, Fla.

Branstetter was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with serious injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by doctors.  Branstetter was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash.