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Toddler succumbs to injuries sustained in Ascension Parish crash

St. Amant – Shortly after 3:00 am on January 27, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle serious injury crash on LA Hwy 429 east of LA Hwy 431 in Ascension Parish. The crash ultimately resulted in the death of 4-year-old Jason Molder of St. Amant.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as 24-year-old Alayna Duncan of St. Amant and her three passengers were traveling eastbound on LA Hwy 429 in a 2006 Nissan Titan. Molder was the rear seat passenger in the vehicle. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan exited the roadway to the left and proceeded into a canal bordering the roadway.  After entering the canal, the Nissan became submerged.

Due to the severity of the crash, seatbelt usage is unknown at this time. Duncan and Molder sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. They were transported from the scene to a local hospital for treatment. On January 28, 2021, Troop A was notified Molder succumbed to his injuries. The two additional passengers sustained moderate injuries as a result of the crash, and were also transported to a local hospital for treatment. As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Duncan for analysis.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.