Driver, 7-year-old killed in fiery crash early Saturday morning, impairment suspected
ROUGON – The driver of vehicle and a 7-year-old passenger were killed after their vehicle crashed into a utility pole and caught on fire early Saturday morning.
According to State Police, the crash occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday morning on LA 984, south of LA 983. The driver, Javone Reed, 49, was traveling northbound on LA 984 when he failed to turn on a left hand curve. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and culvert, and began to overturn.
Reed and his front seat passenger, Elizabeth Bacon, 25, were both ejected from the front seat. The vehicle caught fire after crashing with the 7-year-old, Audrey Bacon, still inside.
Reed and Audrey Bacon sustained fatal injuries from the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene by the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, Police said. Elizabeth Bacon sustained serious injuries and was brought to a local hospital.
According to police, both Reed and Elizabeth Bacon were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Police said it is still unknown if Audrey Bacon was properly restrained.
Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash and a toxicology sample was taken from Reed, according to police.