2-year-old dies following Crash

Published 4:32 pm Saturday, March 2, 2013

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a serious injury crash on U.S. Highway 90 near Louisiana Highway 632 in Des Allemands. The crash involved the serious injury of Sylvester Coleman, a 2-year old from Houma.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Saturn Ion driven by Creshondria Jackson, 23, of Houma was traveling east on U.S. 90 in the left lane near Highway 632 at a high rate of speed. An unknown white minivan, possibly a Town and Country van, was traveling in the right lane and sped past the Saturn. The white van then pulled in front the Saturn, traveling at a high rate of speed and applied the brakes. The Saturn traveled off the road to the right, struck a roadside ditch and rolled several times.

Jackson, her front seat passenger, Dearron Tucker, 23, of Raceland and Jackson’s 4-year old son were transported to St. Charles Hospital with minor injuries. The 4-year old was seated behind the driver in a lap/shoulder belt, and Coleman was seated behind the passenger in a booster seat utilizing the lap/shoulder belt. According to State Police, improper usage of the lap/shoulder belt and booster seat resulted in the ejection of Coleman.

As a result Coleman sustained severe head trauma and was transported to the Interim LSU Public Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center.

On Friday Coleman died at the Trauma Center as a result of his injuries.

Louisiana law mandates that children under 40 pounds or less than 4 years old must be restrained in a full five-point harness system.

Impairment is not suspected, however toxicology results are pending. Speed is believed to have been a factor of the crash. Louisiana State Police Troop B is attempting to identify the white van that was seen in the area at the time of the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this van should contact Troop B at 504-471-2775.

Criminal charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.