AMITE, La. — Family members have identified the 10-year-old girl killed in the Monday night crash in Tangipahoa Parish as Byronee Jackson.
And tonight, when her brother plays in a baseball game, he plans on dedicating it to his sister. Family members said they’ll be attending, wearing turquoise-colored clothing at the Amite Fairgrounds.
Byronee Jackson was killed when the car her 15-year-old sister was driving on Highway 1054 crashed, Louisiana State Police said. The teenager was bringing her three siblings to baseball practice.
The family had not been on the road for long when the driver said she was trying to hook her own seat belt and have her sister and brothers put on their seat belts. That’s when she ran off the road to start the crash, police said.
"The driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to rotate and overturn," said a statement from LSP.
The driver, along with Byronee Jackson in the backseat and a 12-year-old boy in the front seat were not wearing seatbelts. Byronee Jackson and her brother were both thrown from the car. A nine-year-old boy was restrained in the backseat and remained in the vehicle.
She was rushed to Lallie Kemp Hospital and later died from her injuries. The other three were taken to North Oaks Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.
"Of course, I haven't gotten it out of my mind yet, because anytime there is an accident it is horrible," Janice Bonck, who lives near the crash site, said. "But I understand there's a casualty there and that's sad. That's the purpose of seatbelts and you can't stress enough. Seatbelt, seatbelt, seatbelt."
Troopers said they are consulting with the District Attorney in reference to possible criminal charges in this case.