BRPD corporal arrested in October crash that left an infant dead
BATON ROUGE - Traffic homicide detectives have made an arrest in an October crash that left an infant dead and several others hurt.
BRPD officials said 28-year-old Christopher Manuel was arrested Friday in connection with a wreck on October 12, 2017, on Airline Hwy. near Florline Blvd.
Police said Manuel was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette north bound on Airline Hwy when it crashed into a 2002 Nissan Xterra occupied by four adults and three children.
Through the investigation, detectives learned the driver of the Nissan was traveling south bound on Airline Hwy. and was trying to make a left turn onto Florline Blvd. with a green signal. The Corvette struck the passenger side of the Nissan, causing it to roll over.
1-year-old Seyaira Stephens was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
According to arrest records, investigators determined Manuel was traveling at 94 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit at the location of the crash is posted at 50 miles per hour.
Officials confirm Manuel is a corporal at the Baton Rouge Police Department, with the force for five years. Manuel was off-duty at the time of the crash. He was put on paid administrative leave following the accident because he was injured, according to a BRPD spokesperson. The Baton Rouge Police Department said it could not comment on Manuel's future with the department until after the paid leave related to his injuries. Then, there will be an internal investigation tied to the actual crash and Manuel's arrest.
Police said Manual was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of negligent homicide and speeding.