Driver identified who struck 3 children walking to school, 2 die - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Driver identified who struck 3 children walking to school, 2 died

Investigators believe the children were walking to school. (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB) Investigators believe the children were walking to school. (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB)
The majority of the damage to the truck was sustained when it ran off the road and struck a culvert. (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB) The majority of the damage to the truck was sustained when it ran off the road and struck a culvert. (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB)
State Police say the driver is in police custody (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB) State Police say the driver is in police custody (Source: Andrew Nomura WAFB)
BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (WAFB) - Two children died and another is in serious condition following an early morning crash in Breaux Bridge. Louisiana State Police have identified the driver who was arrested after the crash and say he is in critical condition.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. as 32-year-old Jeremy J. Abraham of Breaux Bridge was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 eastbound on Martin Street. At the same time, three juvenile pedestrians were walking eastbound along Martin Street. 

"For reasons still under investigation, Abraham's pickup struck the children as they walked," said State Police in a news release. "After striking the children, the Ford pickup continued east before running off road to the right and entering a ditch on the south side of the roadway. As it entered the ditch, the Ford continued to travel in an easterly direction striking a utility pole and a culvert before crossing the intersection of Babineaux Street and reentering the ditch. The pickup reentered the ditch and struck a second culvert before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Martin Street."

A 15 year old girl died at the scene, a 14-year-old girl was taken to the hospital where she later died. A 13-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The identities of the children have not been released.

"This probably one of the hardest parts of our jobs as law enforcement," said. Lt. J.B. Slaton, Louisiana State Police. "As tragic as it is, we have to stay focused and perform a thorough investigation."

"When I seen that child on the ground ran to her I was scared I didn't know whether to touch her or not,” said Apollonia Amest who lives across the street from where the crashed happened.

Abraham was taken into custody by Breaux Bridge police officers and is currently at the hospital listed in critical condition. A blood sample was taken from Abraham and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The fatal crash is still under investigation.

A candle light vigil will be held Thursday at Judge Carl Williams Park in Breaux Bridge at 8:30 p.m. in honor of the victims of the crash.

Officials say trick-or-treating in Breaux Bridge has been canceled in some parts of town for Thursday night. It is canceled in the areas west of City Hall near the National Guard Armory building, which includes Malcolm Street, Alva Drive, Courville Street and Begnaud Street.

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