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Impaired driver suspected in I-10 crash that killed 6-year-old; second child in hospital

2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020 10:00 AM May 28, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – A 6-year-old was killed and another child left with life-threatening injuries following a tragic Wednesday night crash on I-10, east of Siegen Lane. 

Louisiana State Police say the incident that resulted in 6-year-old Toni Cummings' death occurred when 35-year-old Anthony Luke was heading east on I-10 in a 2002 Ford Explorer and the vehicle's rear tire failed.

As a result, police say Luke overcorrected his steering and lost control of the vehicle. 

The Explorer swerved off the interstate and crashed into several trees. During the impact, both Cummings and a 5-year-old, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the SUV. 

Cummings and the 5-year-old were both rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Cummings succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The 5-year-old was treated but remains severely injured. 

Luke, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained moderate injuries and was also taken to a local hospital. 

According to State Police, impairment on the part of Luke is suspected to be a factor in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

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