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Lake Charles woman seriously injured in crash; Jennings woman charged

Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:10 PM

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An 18-year-old Lake Charles woman is in serious condition at a local hospital and a Jennings woman is facing numerous charges following a single-vehicle crash in Calcasieu Parish, state police said.

Troop D spokesman Sgt. James Anderson Lexy Shaylynn Fontenot, of Lake Charles, was not wearing a seatbelt and was seriously injured when the car she was riding in went off the road while traveling west on La. 3059, about 1 mile east of US 171.

James Anderson said 29-year-old Lindsey Anderson, of Jennings, was driving the vehicle. Anderson has been charged with DWI, vehicular negligent injuring, careless operation and failure to wear a seatbelt.

"Anderson lost control of the vehicle in a curve, causing the vehicle to strike a driveway and become airborne before crashing into a ditch," Anderson said. "She was also not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries."

"During 2011, 65 percent of drivers who died in crashes in our state were not wearing a seatbelt," Anderson said. "Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to help protect themselves in the event of a crash. Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants in all seating positions to be properly restrained, day and night."

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