A pregnant woman and her unborn child are expected to survive after a teen who police believe was impaired crashed a car in a Highland Road parking garage Tuesday night, pinning the woman between two vehicles, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola said.
Tyler Eshenko, 17, stripped off all of his clothing after hitting the woman; officers later found him hiding in a stairwell, according to his arrest report. Police said Eshenko, who later admitted to using LSD before the crash, was speeding through the garage, at 3101 Highland Road, when he lost control of the car and hit another vehicle, Coppola said.
The woman was pinned between two vehicles and then hospitalized with serious injuries, including a fractured face and a broken leg. She will require surgery, according to an arrest report for Eshenko. Coppola said Wednesday afternoon that the woman is around four months pregnant and the prognosis for her unborn child is good.
When officers found Eshenko, of 117 Village Drive, Slidell, he had difficulty walking and appeared “agitated and disoriented,” according to his arrest report. Investigators said he was sweating profusely and randomly shouted words that had nothing to do with the situation, according to his arrest report.
Judge Mike Erwin approved a warrant that allowed investigators to draw Eshenko's blood for additional testing.
Eshenko was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of DWI, reckless operation and first-degree vehicle negligent injuring, Coppola said early Wednesday. Coppola later said they would also book Eshenko on unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after they discovered that he didn't have permission to use the car that he crashed.
Officers continue to investigate.