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Impairment suspected in crash that killed child, seriously injured a second

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Posted at 9:37 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 10:37:46-04

State Police say impairment is suspected in a Wednesday night crash that claimed the life of a 6-year-old and left another child with life-threatening injuries.

Troopers say the single-vehicle crash took place around 7:00 pm on I-10 east of LA Hwy 3246 on May 27.

An investigation revealed a vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Anthony Luke of Baton Rouge, was traveling east on I-10 when a rear tire failed.

According to troopers, Luke overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle before traveling off the interstate and crashing into several trees.

Two children, who troopers say were unrestrained at the time of the crash, were ejected from the vehicle.

The 5-year-old and 6-year-old received life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to a local hospital.

Troopers say the 6-year-old, identified as Toni Cummings of Baton Rouge, succumbed to her injuries.

The driver, Luke, was properly restrained at the time of the crash and received moderate injuries. He was also transported to a local hospital.

State Police say that impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples have been obtained from Luke for analysis.

An investigation in ongoing.

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