Child Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Two-Vehicle Crash

Published: 12-29-2023 | Category: Troop F

Child Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Two-Vehicle Crash



Ouachita Parish – On Thursday, December 28, 2023, shortly after 4:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA-546 near CPL Chad Poll Drive.  The crash claimed the life of four-year-old Bentley Whittlesey of Eros.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, driven by 27-year-old Kaytlin Whittlesey, was traveling south on LA-546.  At the same time, a 2009 Ford F-150 was traveling north on LA-546.  For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota turned left into the travel path of the Ford.  As a result, the Ford struck the Toyota.

Bentley Whittlesey, who was properly restrained and the rear seat passenger in the Toyota, received serious injury and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Kaytlin Whittlesey and the driver of the Ford, who were both properly restrained, received minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.  Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. 

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. today, Bentley Whittlesey was pronounced dead by the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office.  This crash remains under investigation.

Stay safe on the road by always driving attentively and without impairment.  Avoid distractions, such as texting, eating, or using your phone, and remain focused on the task at hand.  Also, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescribed or illicit).  Making responsible choices while driving can save lives and prevent tragedies.

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 43 fatal crashes, resulting in 51 deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810