Child killed Sunday in Lafayette wreck identified

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office identified the 5-year-old girl who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Robley Drive.

Alajah Davis, of Lafayette, was a passenger in a Chevrolet Equinox when the driver lost control, veering into the path of a northbound Dodge pickup, Capt. Kip Judice, sheriff’s public information officer, said in a news release late Sunday.

Alajah, who was riding in the front seat of the Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 19-year-old Jerica Cawthorne, was in critical condition at a hospital.

Another passenger in Cawthorne’s vehicle, 1-year-old Jayden Cawthorne, was in stable condition, Judice said.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, Julie Ward, 53, was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Investigators say Jerica Cawthorne was driving south on Robley toward East Broussard Road when she apparently lost control and collided with Ward’s northbound pickup near the intersection with Longfellow Road.

Judice said the pickup struck the front passenger door portion of the Chevrolet, where Alajah was sitting strapped in with a seat belt. The 1-year-old also was wearing a safety harness.

It was unknown if the drivers were restrained.

The news release stated Ward is a resident of Arkansas. Judice said Jerica Cawthorne has a Lake Charles driver’s license, but might have recently moved to Lafayette Parish.

Toxicology samples have been collected in a case that remained under investigation Monday.