CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Seven months after a 6-year-old was killed in an ATV crash in Central, LA, the adult driving the ATV has been arrested and charged with vehicular negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated and careless operation of a motor vehicle.
The crash happened on February 28, 2015 in the 18000 block of Keystone Avenue around 9 p.m.
Jodie Michelle Easley, 35, admitted to police on the night of the crash that she was driving a 2013 Bad Boy ATV on the roadway with six children on board, according to the affidavit of probable cause from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
She told police she was driving when one of the children grabbed the steering wheel and she lost control of the ATV. Before the ATV flipped, all seven occupants were ejected. The ATV landed on top of 6-year-old Kohen Kleinpeter and he died from his injuries from the crash. Kohen Kleinpeter's sister was also injured in the crash.
Kohen was a first grader at Tanglewood Elementary. Kohen's sister had surgery on March 1 to repair her leg, and reports say the surgery was successful.
Easley was taken to the hospital on the night of the crash where a blood/alcohol sample was taken. On March 5, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab received the blood/alcohol sample and found Easley had a blood/alcohol concentration level of 0.05g %. The legal limit is 0.08g%.
Further testing of her blood sample revealed Easley had amphetamines, a narcotic used to treat pain (buprenorphine), and also norbuprenorphine in her system.
During the investigation into the crash, a person interviewed by deputies said Easley had a glass of wine about an hour before the crash, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
On September 24, 2015, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Easley.
Easley was arrested on September 28, 2015 and released on the same day after posting a $10,000 bond.