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Unrestrained 5-year-old dies in single-vehicle crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. on December 7, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash on LA 3120 south of LA 18 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 5-year-old Ma’Laysha Leblanc of Donaldsonville.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 27-year-old Kayla Taylor of Donaldsonville was traveling southbound on LA 3120 in a 2010 Nissan Altima. For reasons still under investigation, Taylor’s vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and into a ditch. The vehicle struck a culvert and overturned onto its passenger’s side.

Leblanc was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries. She was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased the morning of December 8. Taylor was also unrestrained and sustained serious injuries in the crash. It is unknown if impairment is a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample was taken from Taylor for analysis.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. All children under the age of 6, weighing fewer than 60 pounds, must also be restrained in a weight and age appropriate seat. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.

For more information on Child Passenger Safety, visit http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/child.html.

Contributed by S/T Bryan Lee