Crash on I-10 near Sorrento leaves 2 children dead, driver of other vehicle faces charges

Two children were killed in a wreck on I-10 near Sorrento (Source: WAFB)
Two children were killed in a wreck on I-10 near Sorrento (Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - Two children died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night, according to authorities.

Louisiana State Police identified the victims as 8-year-old Willie Williams Jr. and 1-month-old Arielle Philson, both of Houston, TX.

Troopers reported Stephen Daigle, 47, of Gonzales, was arrested on negligent homicide and other charges.

The wreck happened on I-10 West between the Gramercy and Sorrento exits around 9 p.m.

Sr. Tpr. Bryan Lee said witnesses reported Daigle was weaving in and out of traffic on I-10 West in a 2016 Toyota Corolla and rear-ended a 2017 Jeep Wrangler driven by Aisha Philson, 34, of Houston. Lee added the impact caused Philson to lose control and go off the road.

Lee explained the Jeep then flipped, throwing Williams, Arielle Philson, and a 12-year-old passenger out of the vehicle. Lee added Daigle's car went into the median and stopped when it hit the cable barrier.

According to Lee, no one in either vehicle was properly buckled up. He said Aisha Philson and the 12-year-old suffered serious injuries. He added Daigle had minor injuries.

As with all crashes on Louisiana highways, blood samples were taken from both drivers and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Lee reported Daigle is charged with negligent homicide, negligent injuring, and reckless operation.

He added the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

I-10 West was closed as first responders worked the scene. Traffic was diverted onto US 61. All lanes were reopened just after 11 p.m.

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