A 10-year-old died in a head-on collision late Sunday in Lafayette that police say was caused by a suspected third-offense drunk driver.
Police said 34-year-old Albert Sampy, of Lafayette, was driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 10:37 p.m. when he crossed the center line in the 200 block of North University Avenue and crashed head-on into a 2011 Ford Explorer traveling in the opposite direction, according to a news release from the Lafayette Police Department.
The driver of the Ford was transported to the hospital, and the 10-year-old passenger in the vehicle later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, police said. Police did not release the victim’s name on Monday.
Sampy and his passenger were treated for minor injuries, police said.
Sampy remained in the Lafayette Parish jail on Monday afternoon on counts of vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injuring; third-offense OWI; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
The crash remains under investigation.