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2 year old killed in Des Allemands car accident

Des Allemands, La.- State Police say a 2 year old Houma child was killed in a car accident. The following is a press release from State Police on the accident.

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a serious injury crash on US 90 near LA 632 in Des Allemands, Louisiana.  The crash involved the serious injury of Sylvester Coleman, a 2-year old from Houma, LA.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Saturn Ion, driven by Creshondria Jackson (B/F, age 23) of Houma, LA, was traveling east on US 90 in the left lane near LA 632 at a high rate of speed.  An unknown white minivan, possibly a Town and Country van, was traveling in the right lane and sped past the Saturn.  The white van then pulled in front the Saturn, traveling at a high rate of speed and applied the brakes.  The Saturn traveled off the road to the right, struck a roadside ditch and rolled several times.  Jackson, her front seat passenger Dearron Tucker (B/M, age 23) of Raceland, LA, and Jackson's 4-year old son were transported to St. Charles Hospital with minor injuries.  The 4-year old was seated behind the driver in a lap/shoulder belt and Sylvester Coleman was seated behind the passenger in a booster seat utilizing the lap/shoulder belt.  Improper usage of the lap/shoulder belt and booster seat resulted in the ejection of Coleman.   As a result Coleman sustained severe head trauma and was transported to the Interim LSU Public Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center.  On Friday, March 1, 2013, Coleman died as a result of his injuries at the Trauma Center.  Louisiana law mandates that children under 40 pounds or less than 4 years old must be restrained in a full 5-point harness system.

Impairment is not suspected, however toxicology results are pending.  Speed is believed to have been a factor of the crash.  Louisiana State Police Troop B is attempting to identify the white van that was seen in the area at the time of the crash.  Anyone with information regarding this van should contact Troop B at 504.471.2775.  Criminal charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children in the United States.  Locally, 96% of child restraints are installed improperly.  Some of the common installation mistakes include: not utilizing the correct child restraint for the child's weight and age, not placing the child restraint in the proper direction, incorrect installation of the restraint, incorrect harness placement and not securing the harness straps on the child.

The first, and most important, thing a parent or caregiver must do is select the proper child restraint based on state laws and recommendations, child's age, weight and proper fit of the restraint in the vehicle.  The child restraint needs to be utilized the correct way each and every time the vehicle is in motion.  Research shows that proper fit and placement of a child restraint can decrease the chances of a fatality by 71% for infants one year and younger.  Properly restraining a toddler, ages 1-4, decreases the chances of fatal injuries by 54% (data provided by safekids.org).

Louisiana State Police participates in Child Restraint Fitting Stations at each troop across the state of Louisiana.  A designated time and day each week is listed on
www.LSP.org under the respective troop location.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to inspect, install and educate parents and caregivers on the importance of child restraints, proper restraints, proper installation and proper fit for the child in the restraint.  This service is free to the public and we encourage every parent to stop by a fitting station and learn how to properly install the restraint, which can save a child's life.

Louisiana State Police Troop B has partnered with the LSU Trauma Center, New Orleans EMS and the Kenner Police Department at the Troop B Fitting Station.  Technicians are available every Wednesday from 1PM – 4PM at Troop B located at 2101 I-10 Service Rd., Kenner, LA 70065.

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