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Woman arrested, charged in crash that killed her son

Quirtisha Allen

Bossier City police have arrested a woman on a charge of negligent homicide in connection with a fatal traffic crash last year that claimed the life of her young son.

bossier city police25-year old Quirtisha Allen of Shreveport was arrested this morning following an investigation into the September 20, 2014 crash that killed 6-year old Serdario Thomas Jr. The child died from injuries he received when the car Allen was driving collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Benton Road and Brownlee Road.

Thomas was riding in the front passenger seat of his mother’s car and was not secured in a safety restraint at the time of the crash. The crash happened when Allen’s Ford Focus that was northbound on Benton Road collided with a Ford Mustang that was attempting to turn left onto Brownlee Road from southbound Benton Road.

The driver of the Mustang, 65-year old Dennis Fuller and his wife, 62-year old Jeannie Fuller both of Stamps, Arkansas were taken to University Health with serious injuries. Allen was also injured.

Following a three month investigation that included consultation with the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office, investigators secured a warrant for Allen’s arrest. During the investigation police accessed data from the Sensing Diagnostic Module in Allen’s vehicle which indicated that she was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.  That combined with Allen’s failure to place her son in a safety restraint resulted in the negligent homicide charge.

Allen was taken into custody after she turned herself in at the Bossier City Police Department. She was booked into the Bossier City Jail and later transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility. Her bond was set at $45,000.

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