Police identify teen killed in hospital van wreck
NEW ROADS - Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash at the intersection of Highway 10 at Highway 420 in New Roads.
According to Louisiana State Police, 16-year-old Shafteanna Williams died in a two vehicle crash shortly after 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators say Williams was the front seat passenger in a car driven by 23-year-old Kelsey Moore. Moore failed to stop at a traffic signal and ran into a van driven by 71-year-old Robert Smith.
5 children were in the rear seat of Moore's car. They ranged from ages 1 to 6 years old and suffered minor to moderate injuries.
No one in Moore's car was wearing a seatbelt, according to investigators. They said Smith and a passenger were properly restrained and received minor injuries.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner's Office.
Police do not suspect impairment to be a factor in the crash, but will take a toxicology sample from both drivers for analysis.
Moore will be charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation, failure to stop for a red light, negligent injuring, no driver's license, and multiple counts of child restrain and seat belt violations.