Head-on crash leaves 5-Year-Old dead in Ascension Parish

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Shortly after 9 p.m. on April 6, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatality crash on LA 621 west of LA 431 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 5-year-old Addisyn Teekell of Baton Rouge.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 32-year-old Benjamin Teekell of Baton Rouge was traveling westbound on LA 621 in a 2013 GMC Terrain. At the same time, 35-year-old Joey Gaudet of Gonzales was traveling eastbound on LA 621 in a 1999 GMC Yukon. For reasons still under investigation, Gaudet attempted to make a left turn onto Mire Rd. and struck Teekell’s vehicle head-on.

Addisyn Teekell was properly restrained 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 later pronounced deceased. Benjamin Teekell and Joey Gaudet were also properly restrained and sustained minor injuries in the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. All occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. Children under the age of 6, weighing fewer than 60 pounds, must also be restrained in a weight and age appropriate seat. 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.

Contributed by LSP