BURNSIDE, LA (FOX44) — A 5-year-old child died this morning after he was partially ejected from a truck in a single-vehicle crash.
The Louisiana State Police reports that the crash occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 on LA Hwy 44 south of LA Hwy 941 in Ascension Parish. We’re told the driver, Anthony K. Andrews, 30, of Sorrento, was driving a pickup truck in the northbound lane when he lost control of his vehicle going around a curve. When he attempted to pull the vehicle back onto the road, it flipped, causing it to roll.
Andrew’s had his son, Makell, 5, in the vehicle, but the child was reportedly unrestrained. The child was partially ejected from the vehicle during the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators do not believe Andrews was impaired at the time of the crash. However, a sample of his blood has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, which is standard procedure.
At this time officials do not believe Andrews will face any charges. However, Louisiana Law does require every child under the age of 13 to be equipped with a safety belt. Also, until a child is 6 years old and weighs at least 60 pounds, that child is required by law to be restrained in a proper child restraint system.
Louisiana State Police Troop A serves as a grant funded Child Passenger Safety fitting station every Tuesday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to inspect and to assist with installation of child safety seats. More information regarding child passenger safety can be found at http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/child.html.