14-month-old killed in car wreck

A 14-month-old toddler named Dior Cormier was killed in a car accident when she was sitting in the lap of an adult passenger on Nov. 11th. The toddler was not buckled.

State Police’s investigation so far shows a 2016 Kia Optima was driven by Jhori Danielle Peters, 27, of Abbeville. Troopers said Peters was driving west on LA 338 in Vermillion Parish at the time of the accident. For unknown reasons, Peters crossed the centerline and went off the roadway into a ditch.

The Kia then hit a steel culvert before flipping onto its roof.

Dior Cormier was taken to a hospital and died a few days later from her injuries on Nov. 14th.

Two juvenile passengers in the rear-seat of the car were also unbuckled and taken to a hospital with critical injuries, but Peters and the other adult passenger were buckled and suffered minor injuries.

A toxicology sample was taken from Peters.


She was cited for careless operation, no driver’s license, and two counts of child restraint violations on the evening of the crash with additional charges pending.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Louisiana State Police Department reminds citizens that children rely on adults to ensure they are properly restrained, and using an age and weight appropriate car seat or booster seat.

They also said nationally certified child seat technicians are available at Troop I each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon, and child seat technicians across Louisiana are available to assist you with properly installing your car seat.

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