CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The parents of an infant who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday told WSOC they forgive the driver police say is responsible.
Investigators said Thabiti Pierre-Louis had been drinking and speeding when he lost control of the car and struck a pole.
Six people were in the car, including 4-month-old Londyn Johnson. The infant died in the wreck.
Investigators said the baby was sitting on her mother’s lap in a back seat of the car when the crash happened. Londyn was ejected from the car on impact and killed when the vehicle flipped and landed on top of her, police said.
Pierre-Louis is now facing several charges.
WSOC spoke with Londyn’s parents, who said Pierre-Louis made a mistake.
“God said forgive and I forgive him,” Londyn’s father said. “He would babysit her every day. He would never mean for something like this to happen. I hate to see a good person go through something like this.”
The grandmother of the infant said that the group was coming home from a nearby pool and picked up an extra passenger, so they decided to put the baby’s car seat in the trunk.
They were only about two minutes from home.
Police said Pierre-Louis had been drinking and they charged him with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and simple possession of marijuana.
He is in the Mecklenburg County Jail with his first court appearance set for Thursday.