Infant dies after delivery truck hits car on the side of interstate

Louis Breaux (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Louis Breaux (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

ROBERT, LA (WAFB) - A delivery truck driver faces several charges, including negligent homicide, after a crash in which a 1-year-old boy died Monday afternoon.

The Louisiana State Police said Ethan Day was killed in the two-vehicle wreck on I-12 near Robert just before 1 p.m.

Rebecca Blackwood, 48, of Duncan, OK was taken to North Oaks Medical Center in serious condition. Rachel Anglin, 22, of Mobile, AL and a 2-year-old boy were sent to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with moderate injuries.

Louis Breaux, 37, of Diamondhead, MS, refused medical treatment and was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

He is charged with one count of negligent homicide, three counts of negligent injuring and careless operation.

Troopers said their preliminary investigation showed there was a 2006 Dodge Stratus pulled over on the right shoulder of I-12 East with its hazard lights flashing.

They reported Breaux was headed east in the right lane of I-12 in a Freightliner deliver truck when he lost control, drifted onto the shoulder and slammed into the right rear bumper of the car.

Day was in the back seat on the right side, Blackwood was in the front seat on the right side, Anglin was in the driver's seat and the 2-year-old was in the back seat on the left side.

Investigators said the impact of the crash caused the car to spin and slide across both eastbound lanes. It eventually ended up in the median.

Reports indicate the delivery truck went off the road and into the grass, but then Breaux overcorrected and crossed both eastbound lanes, veering off the road a second time but on the opposite side.

Authorities said they don't suspect impairment was a factor in the wreck. They said they believe Breaux not paying attention was the main contributor to the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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