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|Accidents claim three lives in Concordia|
Three people were killed during the past week in traffic accidents in Concordia Parish, according to law enforcement agencies.
Two Ferriday men died as a result of a crash on the Mississippi River Bridge early Sunday morning apparently while racing, while a 14-year-old was killed in an ATV accident on Thursday on the Ferriday-Vidalia Hwy.
While police investigated the bridge accident from approximately 4 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday, all eastbound traffic was diverted to the westbound bridge.
According to Vidalia police, Terrance Johnson, 20, died on the scene, while Kelvin Keys, 22, died Monday at University Medical Center in Jackson. Another passenger in the car with Johnson and Keys is being treated at a Jackson hospital with serious injuries.
Police say the crash followed an earlier accident in which a silver Ford Mustang hit the side of the bridge. This mishap resulted in only minor injuries to the driver and passengers.
The fatal accident involved a gray Dodge pickup, a silver Dodge four-door car, a green Chrysler four-door sedan, and a black Ford Crown Victoria.
Vidalia Police Investigator Delayne Bush said the accident occurred at the "apex of the hump of the eastbound bridge, about at the three-quarter mark from the Vidalia side."
He said police were still unsure how many people were in the cars involved, some of whom left the scene, although they do know who some of the individuals are. Bush said police have no evidence that the drivers were racing, but are investigating that possibility.
Authorities have yet to reveal the identifies of all of the drivers of these vehicles.
The driver of the pickup, Cedric A. Hunter, 24, of Natchez, was arrested and charged with first offense DWI Sunday. He was later released on a $696 bond.
Those involved had reportedly just left a bar in Vidalia, according to police reports. Results of blood alcohol tests were not available by mid-week.
Vidalia Police notified local hospitals to report any individuals seeking medical care for accident-related injuries.
The State Police are assisting in the matter, but Vidalia police are spearheading the investigation.
Last week, a 14-year-old Ferriday boy was killed in a crash involving an ATV and an 18-wheeler.
The accident occurred Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 5:49 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash involving an ATV and an 18-wheeler.
The crash occurred on US 84, milepost 171, at Levens Addition Road and involved a Hanma four-wheeler, driven by Michael Griggs of Ferriday, and a 1999 Peterbilt (18-wheeler), driven by Gary D. Haney, 67, of Cave Springs, Ark. The four-wheeler was north bound on Levens Addition Road when Griggs failed to stop at the stop sign located at this intersection (Levens Addition Road at US 84). The four-wheeler then collided with the right rear portion of the Peterbilt, which was east bound on US 84.
Griggs was ejected from his four-wheeler and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.
Haney was not injured in the crash.
Routine toxicology tests are pending.
Concordia Parish Coroner's Office will conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause of death.
On Sunday, May 18, 2008, at 7:05 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash involving two vehicles on Old Jena Road off LA Hwy. 8 in Catahoula Parish.
The crash involved a 2007 Honda CR125 (motorcycle), driven by Billy J. Butler, 20, of Jena, and a 2004 GMC Sierra (pickup), driven by Vincent Kenneth Williams, 20, of Jonesville. The Honda was east bound on Old Jena Road when Butler crossed the centerline into the opposing lane of travel.
State Police said this action placed the Honda in the direct path of the GMC, which was west bound on Old Jena Road. After Butler crossed the centerline, he dropped the Honda and began sliding on the roadway. The Honda and Butler then collided with the front portion of the GMC. The collision occurred in the west bound lane of travel.
Butler was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet.
Williams received minor injuries and was transported to LaSalle Hospital. Two juvenile passengers (GMC pickup) received minor injuries and were transported to LaSalle Hospital.
Routine toxicology tests are pending.
Catahoula Parish Coroner's Office will conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause of death.
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