Ascension Parish, LA – The 5-year-old daughter of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was killed on Friday evening, when another driver struck the deputy’s vehicle head-on.
“Daddy did everything he could do and the doctors didn’t stop until God called you home,” her heartbroken father, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Benjamin Teekell said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Addisyn, 5, was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
“My beautiful baby girl,” Deputy Teekell wrote in his post. “God [gave] me 5 wonderful years of having the privilege of being your dad.”
Despite his inconceivable loss, the deputy continued to embrace his duty as a caretaker and role model for his girls.
“As for the driver who took my princess Addisyn away, if I can’t forgive you then I am a hypocrite to what I preached to Her,” he wrote. “And for her sake, I forgive you.”
Investigators said that Addisyn was properly belted into the vehicle, and that the circumstances of the incident remained under investigation, according to The Advocate.
Gaudet and Deputy Teekell both submitted to toxicology testing, although impairment was not believed to have been a factor in the fatal crash, according to police.
Both men were treated for minor injuries, The Advocate reported.
The collision also left her sister, 8-year-old Ashtyn, with a broken arm, and bleeding in her brain, Deputy Teekell said in his post.
“This completely made her day,” he said of the department members’ visit to his elder daughter. “People often talk of brotherhood but these amazing public servants walk it out and bear the true meaning of it.”
Anybody can donate at any Regions Bank to the "Teekell Family Benefit Account."
“Addisyn loved Law Enforcement and always said, ‘Hey my dad is a cop,’ to every officer she saw,” her father wrote. “Everyone touched by Addisyn’s short but accomplished life on this earth are welcome... All LEOS are encouraged to attend.”