January 19, 2021

Tangipahoa

A 10-year-old boy was killed in a vehicle crash Sunday evening in Tangipahoa, according to Louisiana State Police.

Salvador Arjon Jr. was one of four children not wearing seatbelts in a 2002 Dodge Caravan that crashed around 5 p.m., police say. Maria Bernales, 35, was driving the Dodge eastbound on LA 442 when the vehicle left the road.

The van then entered a drainage ditch and overturned multiple times, a Louisiana State Police spokesperson said. Arjon was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene.

The three other children had minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Police say criminal charges will be sent to the district attorney’s office after the investigation is done.

Investigators do not suspect that impairment was a factor in the crash. A blood sample was taken from Bernales.

“Troopers wish to remind everyone that children depend on adults to ensure they are properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate seat,” Louisiana State Police officials said in a press release. “For more information on child restraint laws and best practices please visit the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission website. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. 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.”

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