RAYNE, La. — Louisiana state police say two children without seat belts have died after being thrown from SUVs that overturned in separate weekend wrecks. They were a 7-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. Police say charges are pending in both accidents.
Master Trooper Brooks David (DAH-veed) says 11-year-old Matiya Zachary of Rayne died when a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe ran off Louisiana 98 and overturned late Friday. He says nobody in the Chevrolet Tahoe was wearing a seat belt, but other occupants suffered minor injuries.
Trooper Bryan Lee says 7-year-old Thaddeus Johnson Jr. of Donaldsonville died when a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban ran off a curve and began to overturn Friday evening on Louisiana 405 in Donaldsonville.
He says the driver and three other juveniles were buckled in and had moderate to severe injuries.