Teen killed, two children hurt in I-55 rollover crash

Chris Miller
June 17, 2019 - 12:30 pm

A 15-year-old died and two children were critically injured when the car they were riding in rolled over several times of I-55 just south of Hammond shortly before 9:30 last night, Louisiana State Police said. The driver was also seriously hurt.

According to troopers, 38-year-old Viola Oliver II was driving south on I-55 in the left lane when she tried to pull off the highway. 

"As Oliver was attempting to exit to US 51, she lost control of her vehicle," state police said. "The vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and overturned approximately 4-5 times, before coming to final rest upside down on the Interstate 55 West Service Rd."

Louisiana State Police says three people were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned: 15-year-old Solomon Short, who died from his injuries, and two others under the age of 13. Troopers say the two injured children were taken by air ambulance to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, where they are listed in critical condition.

"Following the crash, Oliver was trapped within her vehicle," said troopers. "She was extricated by the Ponchatoula Fire Department and was then transported to North Oaks hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition."

Authorities say they suspect driver impairment, and are awaiting results of blood sample analysis.

"Oliver was issued a citation for Careless Operation and two counts of No Child Restraint (under 13 years old not properly restrained)," said police.

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