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Update: Arrest made in October fatal interstate crash killing two children

The adult that was with them is in critical condition.

NEW ORLEANS — The man police say is responsible for the October crash that killed two children, has been arrested.

According to our partners at The Advocate | Times-Picayune, 30-year-old Leo Perez has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide after the October 11 crash on I-510 in New Orleans East that claimed the life of a 2-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy.

Investigations show that on that Monday at about 3:50 p.m., the children were riding with one of the child's fathers,  Albert Pittman, on the interstate when the car they were in broke down leaving them stuck in the middle of the road.

Pittman turned on his hazard signals.

The article states Perez who was allegedly going 72 mph in his Jeep, in the same lane as Pittman reportedly looked down to change the radio station and when he looked up it was too late to avoid the car.

Perez rear-ended Pittman's car.

Pittman, along with the 2-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy inside, were all taken to the hospital. Both children died at the hospital, according to police. Pittman was treated for broken bones in his neck.

Perez was booked on Tuesday, Nov. 23 with a bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The article states Perez could get 5 five years in prison for each negligent homicide count if convicted.

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