Baton Rouge woman killed in I-12 crash near Holden, one arrested

HOLDEN – A Baton Rouge woman lost her life in a multi-vehicle crash on I-12 near Holden on New Year’s Day, Louisiana State Police said.

April Schaff, 44, was the passenger in a car involved in the crash on Monday evening. LSP confirmed that she tragically passed away at the scene.

Source: Louisiana State Police

According to the police, Ashely Arnone, 24, from Independence, was driving west on I-12 when she rear-ended a Volkswagen Atlas. The Atlas had slowed down and come to a stop behind a Dodge Ram, which had halted due to a previous crash. The impact, as per police reports, caused the Atlas to collide with the Ram and exit the interstate into the median.

A chain reaction ensued, with Arnone reportedly hitting the Ram before a Honda Accord collided with both Arnone and the Atlas.

Schaff was the passenger in the Atlas and, despite wearing a seatbelt, “succumbed to her injuries in the crash,” as stated by the police. The driver and a rear passenger in the Atlas, who is believed to be a child, were both transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

The driver of the Ram was transported with minor injuries, and the police mentioned that the driver of the Accord did not sustain any injuries in the crash.

Arnone has been booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center for negligent homicide, reckless operation, and four counts of negligent injuring. The police reported that a standard toxicology sample was collected, but impairment is not suspected.

“Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle,” they said in a news release. “Never driver impaired, fatigued or distracted, follow all traffic laws and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.”

LPS says the crash remains under investigation.

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4 Responses

  1. There were 5 occupants in the Atlas, April Schaff who was killed in the accident, her husband and her 3 children. Her husband has had multiple surgeries for his injuries, her youngest suffered multiple fractures and a dislocated hip, the middle child suffered multiple fractures, the eldest daughter is on a ventilator and suffered severe head trauma, fractured skull and will require multiple surgeries.

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