As the investigation into the deadly crash from Monday, July 29 continues, Troopers arrested and charged Joseph Pardue with negligent homicide (three counts), negligent injuring (one count), reckless operation and unsafe vehicle. He has been booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail.
After further examination of the heavily damaged Ford Fiesta, Troopers have also determined that the toddler killed in the crash was restrained in a child safety seat.
The crash remains under investigation.
See below for the original news release.
A crash involving two vehicles killed a toddler and two adults, all from Olla, LA. The toddler was not properly restrained in a child safety seat and the two adults were not wearing a seat belt.
Troopers responded to the crash around 11:30 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 127, south of Olla. The crash involved a 2006 Kenworth (18 wheeler), driven by Joseph Pardue (W/M 33 yoa) of Georgetown, LA and a 2014 Ford Fiesta, driven by a juvenile (W/F 17 yoa) of Olla. The Ford was southbound on LA Hwy 127, slowing to make a right turn, when the southbound Kenworth collided with it. After the initial impact, between the two vehicles, the Ford overturned and the Kenworth collided with a tree.
Pardue was wearing his seat belt and sustained moderate injuries. He was transported to Hardtner Medical Center for treatment. The unrestrained juvenile driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Her three passengers, identified as Vicki Sears (W/F 45 yoa), Brittney Martin (W/F 24 yoa), and a toddler (W/F 3 yoa) were pronounced dead at the scene.
Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.