Two children are recovering in Avoyelles Parish after being thrown from an ATV when it collided with a vehicle on Wednesday night. State Trooper Scott Moreau says the driver, 30-year-old Jeremy Armand of St. Martinville, was killed in the crash.
“The Honda ATV was eastbound on Gold Dust Loop Road when Armand crossed the center line into the westbound lane, which resulted in the ATV colliding head on with the van,” Moreau said.
The 8-year-old girl suffered serious injuries, and the 3-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the van, 28-year-old Hope Parrish of Bunkie, did not sustain any injuries. But Moreau says Armand was not so lucky.
“Armand was ejected, as well as his two juvenile passengers. He was pronounced dead on the scene, and the two juvenile passengers were transported to Rapides Trauma Center,” Moreau said.
It is illegal to ride an ATV on a public roadway, and four-wheelers are not meant to carry passengers. Moreau adds none of them were wearing a helmet. He says this was not a safe situation at all.
“The children shouldn’t have been on there to begin with. They shouldn’t have been on a public roadway. It’s even recommended when you do ride it off road, like they’re designed to do, that you wear a helmet,” Moreau said.