Teenage Driver Arrested Following Fatal Baton Rouge Crash
A young driver was arrested following a fatal two-car accident on Jefferson Highway which fatally injured another driver.
Louisiana State Police arrested a 19-year-old Prairieville man after he struck another vehicle at an intersection on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. The crash left another driver, a 40-year-old man from Baton Rouge, dead at the scene.
About the Accident
The younger man was driving his 2015 Ford F-150 pickup westbound on Antioch Road when he attempted to turn left onto Jefferson Highway. Police say he failed to yield to another driver traveling eastbound on Antioch Road in a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette.
The pickup then struck the Corvette in the driver’s door. The Corvette driver, who was wearing his seat belt at the time, suffered serious injuries. Officials from the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene.
About the Investigation
According to an additional news source, the pickup driver was also wearing his seat belt at the time and suffered no injuries. Police administered a chemical breath test to the young driver which showed no indication of impairment.
The young man was arrested on charges including vehicular negligent homicide and a turn violation, and was booked into Parish Prison. Even though no impairment is suspected on the part of the older driver, a toxicology sample was taken for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Teen Drivers at Higher Risk
Car accidents in the U.S. killed 2,433 teens aged 16–19 and injured 292,742 more in 2016. They are the number-one cause of teen deaths, according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention —as over 5,000 teens die in crashes each year. Drivers 16-19 are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of four times that of drivers aged 25-69.
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May 28th, 2019