State Police have arrested the father of a 10-year-old New Orleans child who died in a July 3 crash.
R'madh Mitchell died in the crash. A warrant for his father, Randolph Martin Jr., has been issued, accusing him of vehicular homicide and two counts DWI with child endangerment. Martin will be booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center upon his release from Orleans Parish Prison, where he remains on unrelated charges, troopers say.
A toxicology analysis of the blood sample taken at the time of the crash revealed a Blood Alcohol Concentration greater than the legal limit.
The crash happened at about 11 p.m. on July 3 on LA 18 (River Road) east near Modern Farms Road in Waggaman.
Troopers say their preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Infiniti EX35, driven by Martin was traveling east on LA 18. Martin was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a left hand curve. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and entered a drainage ditch before becoming airborne and rolling over multiple times. Mitchell and Martin were unrestrained and ejected during the events of the crash.
Mitchell sustained life threating injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Martin sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Mitchell was one of three juveniles in the vehicle. The other two juveniles were improperly restrained, sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
At the time of the crash, trooper said impairment was a suspected factor in the crash and toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis as a part of the on-going investigation.
Martin was placed under arrest for an active warrant as well as Reckless Operation, Possession of Schedule I, Possession of Firearm in the presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the presence of a Juvenile, Possession of Open Container, No Seatbelt and 2 counts of Child Restraint Violation. He was booked after he was released from the hospital.
]Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind everyone that children depend on adults to ensure they are properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate car seat or booster seat. Nationally Certified Child Seat Technicians are available across Louisiana to assist you with properly installing your car seat. For more information on where to go for assistance, please visit lahighwaysafety.org/Pages/OurPrograms/ChildPassengerSafety.aspx.
Impaired driving continues to cause serious injuries and death every day in our state. Please have a plan in place that will ensure your safe return home. Motorists should designate a safe and sober driver before heading to any location where alcohol will be consumed.
To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or contact local law enforcement by dialing 911.