A Baton Rouge man accused of being drunk while driving a pickup truck with three unrestrained children and an adult woman as passengers was arrested Saturday after he crashed into another vehicle, killing a toddler and injuring several others, according to Louisiana State Police.
Malashia Tumblin, 2, was one of the unrestrained children. She died at a hospital from injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on La. 70 at La. 3120 in Donaldsonville, State Police spokesman Sgt. Jared Sandifer said in a news release Sunday morning.
John Henderson, 27, is accused of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide and other related counts. He was driving the pickup truck eastbound on La. 3120 and failed to stop at the intersection with La. 70, according to State Police. Henderson's vehicle struck another pickup as a result.
None of the children or the adult passenger in Henderson's vehicle were properly restrained, Sandifer said. A 6-year-old girl sustained critical injuries and was transported to the hospital. A 4-year-old boy sustained moderate injuries, and a 27-year-old woman sustained minor injuries. They were all hospitalized for treatment.
The other driver, John Detwiler, 50, and one of passengers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. A second passenger was uninjured. All were properly restrained, Sandifer said. Impairment on Detwiler's part is not suspected, but per standard procedure a toxicology sample was obtained from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Henderson was unrestrained at the time of the crash, but sustained only minor injuries. Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office could smell alcohol on him when they responded to the crash scene, according to Henderson's arrest report.
He was taken from the scene to the Ascension Parish Jail, where he submitted to a breath test to determine impairment, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.103 — well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Investigators located only one child safety seat inside the truck, which wasn't properly installed, according to the arrest report, which does not indicate if the 2-year-old was in the child safety seat.
Henderson was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for the following counts: first-offense DWI, vehicular homicide, four counts of vehicular negligent injuring, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, three counts of child restraint violations, stop sign violation and seat belt violation.