BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A young child is dead and another was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Police say neither child was properly restrained at the time of the crash.
State police began investigating the crash around 7 p.m. on May 27 on I-10 just east of Siegen Lane.
Police say one of the unrestrained children, 6-year-old Toni Cummings, was killed in the crash. The second child, a 5-year-old, is fighting for their life at a local hospital.
According to investigators, Anthony Luke, 35, was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound on I-10 when a rear tire failed. Luke overcorrected his steering, causing him to lose control of his vehicle, police say. His Explorer left the interstate and crashed into several trees.
Both children were ejected from the vehicle.
Police say Luke was buckled in and sustained moderate injuries. Impairment is suspected to be a factor. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis.
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