SPD: Street racing likely cause of wreck that seriously injured infant

Published: Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Police say two drivers in separate cars might have been drag racing when one of the cars smashed head-on into a pickup truck, seriously injuring a woman and her 1-year-old daughter.

Authorities had to shut down the 4600 block of Greenwood Road about 5 p.m. as they investigated how one of the two cars, traveling westbound, collided head-on with a pickup truck towing a large trailer, says SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines.

Police determined that the driver of a blue four door Chevrolet Caprice collided with a two toned Chevrolet pick up truck. The driver of the Caprice, 31-year-old Myron Thomas of Shreveport suffered minor injuries during the crash. His passengers, 29-year-old Melvina Ealy and her one-year-old daughter were both taken to an area hospital where the child, who was not in a child safety seat, was said to be suffering life threatening injuries. Melvina suffered a broken leg during the crash.

Police say Thomas was reportedly traveling west bound on Greenwood road at a high rate of speed when the collision with the Chevrolet pick up truck occurred.

The driver of the pick up involved in the crash was identified as 62-year-old Johnny Allen of Shreveport.  Allen was  traveling east bound on Greenwood Road, received only minor injuries as a result of the collision.  Witnesses to the accident told investigators that they observed what appeared to be a drag race between Thomas and the driver of an orange four door vehicle thought to be a Chevrolet Impala.

The driver of the Impala was identified as 52-year-old Calvin Beaner Sr of Greenwood.

All three drivers were asked to submit toxicology samples for testing, which is required in accidents involving serious injuries, Hines says.

SPD Crash Investigators at the scene had to close Greenwood Road between Marston Avenue and Greenwood Lane as they investigated the crash, Hines says.

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