POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:34pm
Lacombe, La — Following a severe injury crash yesterday afternoon, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L have charged the suspected impaired driver and father of the two injured passengers, Kenneth Mayfield, 36, of Mandeville, LA.
The single vehicle crash took place approximately 300 feet west of the LA 434 / Lacombe exit on I-12 and resulted in the severe injuries of a 10-year-old male and an 8-year-old female passenger.
The crash occurred as Mayfield was traveling west in the left lane of I-12, when he failed to maintain control his pickup truck, leading it to drift off the left side of the paved roadway.
Upon entering the grass median, Mayfield overcorrected to the right, causing the vehicle to cross both westbound lanes before running off road on the north side of the interstate. After leaving the roadway for the second time, the Chevrolet pickup truck impacted a large tree with its left front corner and came to rest in the tree line on the north side of I-12.
The two juvenile passengers in the single cab Chevrolet pickup were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Both passengers sustained serious injuries in the crash and were transported to the LSU University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA.
Mayfield was not wearing a seatbelt and was also transported to the LSU University Medical Center with moderate injuries. Investigating Troopers suspect drug impairment to have been a factor in the crash. The results of a toxicology exam are pending.
Upon release from University Medical Center, Mayfield will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and DWI with Child Endangerment.