Car crash kills 3-year-old on Fourth of July

Landon James "Lan Lan" Slaughter

Wednesday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m., Beaumont police responded to the intersection of Franklin and Avenue E in reference to a major traffic crash. There were several independent witnesses to the crash and preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Buick was southbound on Avenue E and disregarded the stop sign at the intersection with Franklin. A Nissan SUV traveling west on Franklin carrying five occupants was struck by the Buick. As a result of the crash, Landon Slaughter died from his injuries. Landon would have been 4 years old next week. A 2-year-old child suffered injuries and was transported to a Houston area hospital, listed in critical condition. The other three occupants of the Nissan SUV suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Buick refused transport from EMS and cooperated with the investigation; however, he was later found to have internal injuries and was transported to a Houston area hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.