Three injured in Saturday evening crash

Robert, La.- A Ponchatoula mother and her two children remain hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries Sunday morning following a two vehicle crash with an impaired driver Saturday evening.

It happened shortly after 8 p.m. on LA 445 at the intersection with the Interstate 12 eastbound on- ramp in Tangipahoa Parish. 

Investigators say 35-year-old Nicole Young of Ponchatoula was traveling north on LA 445 in a 2002 Chevrolet sedan with her 5-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son when the crash occurred.

Police say as Young continued northbound, a 1998 Isuzu pickup truck, driven by 58-year-old Stephen Herbert Jr. of Covington, attempted to turn left onto the on-ramp and crossed directly into the path of Young's vehicle.

As the Isuzu turned across the northbound lane of LA 445, it was impacted on its right side by the front end of the Chevrolet.    

Neither Young or her two children were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Young was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

In addition, the 5-year-old and 14-year-old passengers in the Chevrolet received serious injuries in the crash and were airlifted to the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans where they remain in critical condition.

Police say impairment is not suspected on the part Young pending toxicology results.

Herbert was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.  He submitted to a breath alcohol test registering a blood alcohol level over the state's legal limit of 0.08g%.

Herbert was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and charged with three counts of first degree vehicular negligent injuring, DWI 2nd offense and failure to yield while turning left at an intersection.

As the investigation continues, additional charges may be forthcoming for both drivers.