The Shreveport Times reports on a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old child late last month. According to Louisiana State Police, the young girl sustained critical injuries in the collision and died one week later at the hospital where she had been receiving treatment.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Kingston Road and La. 3 just south of Benton. Police determined that the girl and her mother were traveling west on Kingston Road at around 2 p.m. on a Sunday in a Toyota 4Runner when a Ford F-150 traveling south struck them.
The woman was turning left onto La. 3 when the collision occurred. She allegedly had a green signal to make the turn, so police charged the driver of the Ford with running a red light.
The woman in the Toyota was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and sustained moderate injuries; however, her daughter was thrown from her booster seat by the force of the impact, and responders found her with critical injuries at the scene. The driver of the Ford had also been wearing his seat belt at the time and was not hurt.
Responders transported the young girl to University Health, where she spent the next week with severe brain trauma. After she died, her family donated her organs to honor her memory.
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Five Collisions in One Year Cause Concern over Dangerous Intersection
According to the Shreveport Times, there have been five car accidents at the intersection of La. 3 and Kingston Road this year alone. As a result, both police and local residents have become concerned about traffic flow in the area
After the fatal collision mentioned above, the Bossier Parish Sheriff asked patrol officers to conduct traffic enforcement exercises at the intersection and post digital monitors to deter motorists from speeding. The speed limit decreases from 65 mph to 55 mph shortly before the intersection, and flashing yellow lights warn drivers to decelerate as they approach the traffic signal.
On the sheriff office’s Facebook page, locals have recommended implementing additional safety precautions, including rumble strips and a further reduced speed limit; however, since La. 3 is a state highway, any permanent changes to the flow of traffic must be approved by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
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