September 18, 2020

14-year-old girl killed in personal watercraft accident on Louisiana river

A 14-year-old girl was killed in a personal watercraft collision on a Louisiana river over the weekend, authorities said.

Hannah Landry, of Franklin, and a 15-year-old girl, were operating the watercrafts on the Belle River in St. Martin Parish on Saturday when they crashed, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a statement Sunday.

Landry was airlifted to a hospital in Donaldsonville and later died from her injuries, officials said. The 15-year-old was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Possible charges were pending against a 17-year-old who authorities said gave the girls permission to use the vessels, according to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The teens were wearing life jackets at the time, and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, state agents said.