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Child killed in three-vehicle crash

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 5:28 PM by Heather Harel
Source: Louisiana State Police

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Topics: child, dead, three vehicle crash, Interstate 55, Interstate 12, Louisiana State Police, Robin Warford, Piper Thibodeaux, Oscar Rivas, 3-year-old, North Oaks Hospital, Tangipahoa Parish Jail, driving under suspension, defective vehicle equipment, careless operation, no child restraint, negligent homicide

A child is dead after a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 north of Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish around 11 a.m. today.

Louisiana State Police said 23-year-old Robin Warford, Hammond, was traveling south on I-55 in a 1993 Lincoln Continental. Warford’s right rear tire blew out before the crash, causing her to lose control and enter the interstate’s center median. The car rotated counterclockwise and overturned, ejecting an unrestrained 3-year-old passenger. Warford then went into the northbound lanes of I-55, where she was hit by 34-year-old Piper Thibodeaux, Baton Rouge, traveling in a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier, and 24-year-old Oscar Rivas, Amite, traveling in a 1995 Toyota Corolla.

The 3-year-old was in the front passenger seat of Warford’s car. The child wasn’t wearing a seatbelt or in a proper child safety seat. The juvenile was transported to North Oaks Hospital and pronounced dead.

Warford, Thibodeaux and Rivas were all wearing seatbelts. Warford and Thibodaux received minor injuries, and Rivas was not injured. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Police said all four tires on Warford’s car were dangerously worn down and unsafe for interstate travel.

After being treated for her injuries, Warford was booked at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. She is charged with driving under suspension, defective vehicle equipment, careless operation, no child restraint and negligent homicide.

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