Last evening, just after 6:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle crash on LA 3 (Benton Road), just south of Cashpoint Road, in Bossier Parish. A Bossier City woman and her 1-year-old child were both seriously injured in the crash.

According to investigating troopers, 18-year-old Andrea C. Schieme and her 1-year-old daughter were traveling south on LA 3 in the outside lane while in a 1986 Nissan Sentra when they approached slow moving traffic. For unknown reasons, the Nissan Sentra struck the rear portion of a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by 68-year-old John R. Cunningham of Bossier City. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Prior to the crash, the Dodge truck had its emergency signals activated while escorting a slow moving commercial farm tractor.

At the time of the crash, Schieme was wearing a seat belt and her daughter was properly restrained in the appropriate child restraint system. The 1-year-old was airlifted to LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport with serious injuries. Schieme, who also sustained serious injuries in the crash, was transported to LSUHSC by Bossier EMS.    

Cunningham was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was not injured.  

Toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always focus on the task at hand and refrain from distracted driving when operating a motor vehicle. Driving responsibly can increase your chances of safe travel and decrease the probability of being involved in a crash which could lead to serious injury or death.