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Baton Rouge man killed in Walker crash this morning

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Views: 2981

Baton Rouge man killed in Walker crash this morning
From Walker Police

(Walker, LA) A two vehicle crash claimed the life of a Baton Rouge man this morning in Walker. According to Walker Police, the accident occurred at 7:15 am on Burgess Avenue, approximately one-half mile west of Walker High School. Killed in the accident was Brandon R. Hatch (35) of Baton Rouge.

The accident left three others, two of them children, with moderate injuries. “At approximately 7:15 this morning, Mr. Hatch was traveling east on Burgess Avenue (La. Hwy 1027) in his 2002 GMC Yukon, when his vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway in a curve just west of Walker High School,” reported Walker Police Spokesman, Captain John Sharp. “Upon entering the westbound lane of Burgess Avenue, Mr. Hatch’s vehicle collided with a 2012 Dodge Durango driven by Rebecca L. Toms (30) of Walker. Ms. Toms’ sons, ages 9 and 8, were occupants in the Durango.”

Walker Police say that Hatch appeared to have been killed on impact. “When our Officers arrived at the scene, it was apparent that Mr. Hatch was deceased,” Captain Sharp explained. “The passenger compartment of Mr. Hatch’s vehicle was on fire, but using the fire extinguishers from their police vehicles, Officers were able to keep the fire contained and away from Mr. Hatch until Fire Protection District Four arrived and extinguished the blaze,” After putting out the fire, District Four firefighters had to extricate Hatch from the Yukon.

First Responders and Acadian Ambulance paramedics evaluated Toms and her sons, prior to transporting the three to an area hospital. “Ms. Toms and her children appeared to have suffered moderate injuries in the accident,” said Captain Sharp. “At present, we are unaware of the condition of those victims and we are anxiously awaiting word as to how they are all doing.”

Walker Police are investigating the accident. However, preliminary indications suggest that Hatch failed to negotiate the curve of Burgess Avenue between Walker High School and Peak Lane. “Based upon our investigation thus far, we believe that Mr. Hatch was likely impaired when the accident occurred,” Captain Sharp stated. “The autopsy results and toxicology reports will tell us more. Speed may also have been a factor in the accident.” The accident remains under investigation.

Walker Police Chief David Addison cautioned motorists to always be alert for potentially impaired motorists. “We tend to drive more defensively and be more aware of impaired drivers toward the end of the day; especially at night,” Chief Addison stated. “While it is unusual to encounter an impaired motorist so early in the day, this accident shows us that an encounter with an impaired driver can occur anywhere and any time of day. By remaining vigilant for impaired motorists, as well as distracted drivers, at all times of the day, we can be alert and prepared to take evasive action and give ourselves a better chance of avoiding these types of deadly crashes.” Chief Addison added, “Having a fatal accident in our Community is always upsetting and this tragedy is no exception. Our prayers are with the Toms family, as well as the Hatch family.”