A young woman died and a toddler was hospitalized with minor injuries after a crash Sunday afternoon on Scenic Highway.
East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services spokesman Brad Harris said an SUV overturned and hit the fence surrounding the ExxonMobil refinery in north Baton Rouge.
The crash occurred around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Scenic Highway and Mohican Street.
Doneisha Clarke, 21, died from her injuries, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. He said Clarke lost control of the vehicle and struck a metal utility pole.
Harris said the woman appeared pregnant. He said normally in a situation like that, emergency responders would have transported her and attempted resuscitation for the baby. But in this case, she was trapped in the vehicle for too long.
Clarke, of 2579 Lorraine St., was pronounced dead on the scene. The toddler, age 2, who was sitting in the rear seat, was taken to the hospital, McKneely said.
McKneely said speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.