NEW ORLEANS, La. – Louisiana State Police investigated an early morning accident that took the life of a local 1-year-old child.
Ahortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, State Police Troop B responded to a serious injury crash involving 1-year-old Jashawn Price from New Orleans, on US 90B east at Stumpf Boulevard.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Jeremiah Price was driving a 2002 Hyundai XG on US 90B east, approaching a closed section of the roadway, in which DOTD personnel were installing message boards.
All traffic was being diverted onto the lower level of US 90B and Price drove through the area of the road that was closed, disregarding multiple closure signs and barrels that were blocking the roadway.
According to Trooper Matey, Price struck the rear of a construction vehicle and Jashawn Price, who was seated in the front seat, was thrown forward as a result of the crash.
Jashawn Price was transported to the hospital, where he later died from head injuries.
Speed and impairment are considered factors of the crash as Jeremiah Price submitted to a chemical test and was found to be over the legal limit.
He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and was then booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for Vehicular Homicide, DWI with Child Endangerment, Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices, Negligent Injuring, No Child Restraint and No Seat Belt.
The crash remains under investigation.