Toddler, passenger die after police chase and crash; driver commits suicide

LSP: 3 people confirmed dead after vehicle pursuit
Courtesy a FOX 8 Viewer
Courtesy a FOX 8 Viewer

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two men and a little girl are dead after a police chase that started in downtown New Orleans and ended in New Orleans East.

The incident began at Canal and Rampart streets, where State Police tried to stop a car for having a stolen license plate. Troopers tried to box in the car to avoid a pursuit, but the driver went around them and got on the interstate, according to State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey.

The driver exited at Chef Menteur, where he then rear-ended a box truck near Lonely Oak and lost control of the car. The car struck a fence, ejecting one of the men, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and a 2-year-old child, who was not properly restrained. Both died at the scene.

The second man in the car then shot himself, Matey said. He died at the hospital.

Matey said investigators are trying to find out why the driver fled.

No troopers were injured in the incident. State Police would not say how fast the cars were going, pending the outcome of their investigation.

The victims' identities have not been released.

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