Man booked in negligent homicide of 9-year-old son following fatal crash _lowres

Elmer Menendez, 32

A Baton Rouge man who crashed a pickup truck on Saturday, killing his 9-year-old son, was booked into jail Thursday on counts including negligent homicide.

Elmer Menendez, 32, of 1336 Jade Dr., was speeding when he lost control of his pickup on Highland Road near Pecue Lane, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office report. The pickup went sideways and skidded across the center line of the roadway until it was struck by another vehicle, the report said.

Fernando Menendez, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the pickup and died at the scene, the report said.

Fernando Menendez was the son of Elmer Menendez, according to an obituary for the boy and an information from East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark.

Elmer Menendez also faces counts of careless operation, not wearing a seatbelt and not restraining a child passenger.

In a State Police news release last week, authorities said investigators do not suspect impairment or the weather were factors in the crash, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis.

Elmer Menendez was being treated at a hospital with serious injuries after the crash Saturday until he was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $6,100, according to jail records.