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Juvenile Pedestrian Killed in Single-Vehicle Bienville Parish Crash 

by Minden Press-Herald

On Saturday, February 24, 2024, shortly after 11:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop  G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a pedestrian in the 1300 block of School Street. This crash claimed the life of 7-year-old Kaiden Coke of Ringgold.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Dodge Ram was backed into a parking space in a private  parking lot and occupied by a driver. At the same time, Coke, who was playing with a ball, was inside the same  private parking lot. For reasons still under investigation, Coke lost his ball, which rolled under the Ram. As Coke  went to retrieve the ball, the driver, who was unaware that Coke had crawled under the Ram, pulled out of the  parking space. As a result, Coke was struck by the Ram. 

Coke was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Dodge was not injured. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.  A GoFundMe account has been opened to cover the child’s cremation, funeral service, and headstone.

As our Troopers work to ensure the safety of our roadways, investigating fatal crashes remains a top priority.  Dealing with the aftermath of a fatal crash is always challenging, particularly when children are involved. While  each crash is unique, there are essential safety measures that can greatly reduce the risk of tragic crashes as we  head into warmer weather. 

It is crucial to educate children on the importance of never playing near or around cars and trucks. Always make  it a habit to walk around your vehicle and thoroughly check the surrounding area before reversing. Avoid solely  relying on detection devices, as they may not always be foolproof. Encourage your children to stand to the side  of the driveway or sidewalk so they are clearly visible to you when backing out. Furthermore, when driving  through residential areas, it is imperative to be extra cautious and attentive. Keep a watchful eye out for children,  reduce your speed, and remain vigilant at all times. By following these safety tips, we can all play a role in  preventing tragic crashes and keeping our communities safe. 

In 2024, Troop G has investigated four fatal crashes, resulting in five deaths.

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