LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 4-year-old Lufkin girl died in a ATV accident in Rapides Parish in Louisiana Saturday night. Several others were injured in the accident.
According to Bruce Marchand, the school director at Pineywoods Community Academy, the little girl, Mia Castillo, was a Pre-K student at his school. She was in Laura Barton's class, and her older half-sister also attends the school.
"I think all of us feel the tremendous loss right now with Mia's passing and again the support that our parents have mentioned towards the school and just the support of the staff here is amazing," Marchand said.
Marchand said Mia's family is still in Louisiana.
Laura Barton, Mia's Pre-K teacher, says she is having a difficult time with the grief.
"I have known Mia since she was a baby. Mia was a very busy, outgoing little girl. She had many friends. She loved school. She was very, very excited about coming every single day," Barton said.
She also said Mia loved to color and play on the playground.
According to a report from the Louisiana State Police site, Louisiana State Police stated that seatbelts were used, but alcohol is suspected to have been a factor.
The accident occurred around 9:10 p.m. Saturday night near the intersection of Sugartown and Booster Wright Road. The crash involved a 2013 Polaris Razr drive by William P. Antee, 43, of Boyce.
According to Louisiana State Police, Antee accelerated the ATV in a manner that caused the rear tires to lose traction. As a result, Antee lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled over.
Antee refused medical attention, according to Louisiana State Police. Mia was among three juveniles in the ATV with Antee, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other two children were 8 and 11 years old. Although the 11-year-old only received minor injuries, the 8-year-old was transported to an area hospital
Antee was booked in the Rapides Parish Detention Center and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, and careless operation, according to the report.
Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.