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UTV accident results in death of child in Rapides Parish

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5)  – Last night, a crash involving a UTV killed a young child from Lufkin, Texas and injured several others. 

Seatbelts were used, but alcohol is a suspected factor, according to Louisiana State Police.
 
Troopers responded to the crash around 9:10 p.m., which occurred on Sugartown Road at Booster Wright Road. 

The crash involved a 2013 Polaris Razr, driven by William P. Antee, 43, of Boyce. 

State police reported the Polaris was stopped, when Antee accelerated the vehicle in a manner that caused the rear tires to lose traction, resulting in Antee losing control of the vehicle. 

After losing control of the vehicle, it overturned.
 
Antee received minor injuries, but refused medical attention. 

There were three juveniles in his vehicle, ages eleven, eight, and four. 

The eight year old received moderate injuries and was transported to Cabrini. 

The eleven year old received minor injuries. 

The four year old was pronounced dead.
 
Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.
 
State police said Antee was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, and careless operation. 
 
Motorists must be reminded that alcohol has many effects on the body. 

Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times.  Just one drink may cause these effects.
 
The public is reminded that it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles (i.e. three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles) on any public roadway in this state.

 

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