A toddler and the person who was driving Wednesday morning in the rain are both dead after the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.

In a press release, Louisiana State Police say troopers responded to the scene on US Highway 90 between Morgan City and Amelia in St. Mary Parish shortly before 8:15 AM. Troopers say the driver was not restrained and the toddler was improperly restrained in a booster seat. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

While a toxicology sample from the driver has been sent to the lab for analysis, it is suspected that the vehicle moving too fast for the weather conditions was a factor.

The names of both victims are being withheld at this time pending notification of family members.

This is the 31st fatality in 24 fatal crashes that Troop I has investigated in 2021.

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