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Two-year-old killed; 10 injured in East Baton Rouge crash

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ZACHARY, La. -

A two-year-old boy and ten people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in East Baton Rouge Parish yesterday. 

Shortly before 6:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 61, south of LA 64, in Zachary. 

The crash killed 2-year-old Christian Johnson of Zachary.

Troopers say a Nissan Altima was traveling southbound on U.S. 61 when the driver slowed down to make a right turn from the right lane of the highway. A Chevrolet Impala traveling in the right lane behind the Altima also slowed down.  

For reasons still under investigation, a Chevrolet Silverado failed to reduce its speed and struck the rear of the Impala, troopers say.  As a result of the impact, the Impala struck the Altima. 

Christian was a passenger in the Impala. He was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries, according to a state police spokesman.  

The driver of the Impala and four additional passengers in the vehicle sustained moderate injuries.  

The driver of the Altima and three additional passengers in the vehicle also sustained moderate injuries in the crash.  

The driver of the Silverado sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Troopers say impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from all three drivers for analysis.  

The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.

State troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position.  All children under the age of 6, weighing fewer than 60 pounds, must also be restrained in a weight and age-appropriate seat.  While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles, such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions, can often mean the difference between life and death.

For more information on Child Passenger Safety, click here

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