ALEXANDRIA, La. (Louisiana State Police) - UPDATE: Early Friday morning, Louisiana State Police said they have arrested and charged Keaton Spurlin with vehicular homicide, in reference to the death of an 18-month-old infant.
Louisiana State Police report that Wednesday night, a crash involving two vehicles injured four children, two of which were infants. One infant later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
State Police say the driver of the vehicle, that caused the crash, was determined to be impaired.
Troopers responded to the crash around 10:15 p.m., which happened on Highway 3054 at Highway 496. The crash involved a Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Keaton Spurlin, 25, of Alexandria and a Chrysler van, driven by Thaddyeus Dixon, 44 of Alexandria.
According to state police, the Chevrolet was eastbound on Highway 3054 when it collided with the rear of the eastbound Chrysler. After the Chevrolet collided with the Chrysler, the Chrysler exited the roadway and began overturning.
Spurlin was not injured. He was charged with vehicular negligent injury, DWI 1st, open container, no seat belt, failure to yield/stop at stop sign, and careless operation. Additional charges are pending.
Dixon was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. There were five passengers in Dixon’s vehicle. They are identified as Alfra Dixon, 40, two infants (18 months and 2 months), and two older children (10 years and 12 years).
The two infants and the two older children were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Three sustained minor injuries (2 month, 10 years, and 12 years) and one initially sustained moderate injuries (18 month).
The 18 month old infant was later transported to Shreveport where he was pronounced dead earlier Thursday. He was restrained in a child safety seat when the crash happened.
The crash remains under investigation.