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Car accidents: baby dies in Louisiana crash

A tragic accident has claimed the life of a 6-day-old baby in Sulphur, according to local sources. Authorities in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, are still investigating the cause of the crash that also injured three other people. Single-vehicle car accidents are always carefully investigated by law enforcement, and this case is no exception. So far, no charges have been filed. 

According to the press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, around 10:30 on the night of Christmas Day, a single vehicle was traveling westbound on a street in Sulphur when the accident occurred. It appears the SUV left the road, jumped a driveway and then struck a culvert. This caused the SUV to flip over. 

The crash caused the death of a 6-day-old infant who was riding in the car. The driver and two other passengers were also injured, but their injuries were described as minor. Police do not believe intoxication was a contributing factor in this crash, but the driver was still likely subjected to standard toxicology testing as per state law. Police are unsure whether charges will be forthcoming as of this report. 

Even if no criminal charges are filed against the driver, car accidents causing fatalities are still taken very seriously by Louisiana courts. The family of the deceased baby will be entitled under state law to file a wrongful death suit against the driver, regardless of his or her relationship to the victim. Any evidence of driver error, negligence or recklessness gathered by police can be used to support such a claim in civil court. 

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