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2 Young Children Die after Being Struck by SUV


Posted On behalf of Simien & Simien on Jun 25, 2014 in Automotive

On Tuesday afternoon, an SUV slammed into two children and three adults on a family fishing trip at a roadside bayou. Despite the efforts of good Samaritans who stopped to help, the two children died from their injuries,

David Lanus Jr., 6, and his 9 year-old-sister Faria, died along the bayou that runs along Bluff Road. The three adults at the bayou suffered moderate injuries.

Just before 3:30 p.m., a 2004 Nissan SUV being driven by Shawnette Taylor ran off the side of Bluff Road onto a steep embankment and continued nearly 200 feet, striking the adults and children. When firefighters arrived at the scene, an emergency room doctor, paramedic, dentist and cardiac nurse were working together to help the victims.

Taylor was taken from the scene to Troop A headquarters; she suffered minor injuries.

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff, people regularly fish in the area. There is a significant curve on Bluff Road, which could indicate that Taylor lost control of her vehicle just before the auto accident. It is not suspected that she was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but a toxicology sample was submitted to a state lab.

If you have any information on the accident, contact State Police Troop A or your local law enforcement agency.

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