Unrestrained child ejected in crash, dies
CROWLEY - An unrestrained 9-year-old girl is dead after being ejected during a crash in Acadia Parish.
Louisiana State Police says the accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators say the crash happened as 35-year-old Tashaka Butler, of Rayne, was headed west on Louisiana 98 and for unknown reasons ran off the left side of the road. Authorities say Butler overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Butler was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. The victim, identified as Makayla Zachary, also of Rayne, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Three other unrestrained passengers were treated for minor injuries.
State police say standard toxicology samples were taken from Butler and sent to the crime lab for analysis.