IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A driver is facing several charges after a two-vehicle crash that took the life of a child and injured several others Monday afternoon, according to officials.
Louisiana State Police reported Asha Cooper, 9, was killed in a wreck on LA 75 south of LA 3066 near Plaquemine around 2 p.m.
Tpr. Bryan Lee with LSP said the investigation so far shows Tommie Killough, 27, of Livonia, was headed south on LA 75 in a 2005 Honda Element. He added there were seven children, including Cooper, and one other adult in the sport utility vehicle Killough was driving.
According to Lee, Courtney Alvarez, 34, of Plaquemine, was also headed south on LA 75 in her 2009 Jeep Commander and was ahead of Killough. He stated just as Alvarez was turning left into a driveway, Killough tried to pass and the back passenger side of Killough's SUV hit the front driver's side of Alvarez's SUV. He added it happened in a no passing zone.
"Anytime you have vehicles turning, you have to be patient and watch those vehicles in front of you," Lee said. "Again, obey those traffic laws."
Officials reported the impact caused Killough's vehicle to flip and Cooper, who was not buckled properly, was ejected. Investigators said Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner's Office. They added Killough and the other passengers in her vehicle were taken to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries. The names of the other passengers were not released.
Authorities said Alvarez and all of her passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and were not injured.
Lee said investigators don't suspect impairment was a factor in the crash, but as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, blood samples were taken from both drivers and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
He added once she is released from the hospital, Killough will be charged with negligent homicide, passing in a no passing zone, driving under suspension and several child restraint and seat belt violations.
Lee also said he cannot release any information about Killough's relationship or connection to the child who died. He reported investigators determined at least four people in Killough's vehicle were not wearing seat belts.
The investigation is ongoing.