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Oct 4, 2009 7:12 PM by Jthibodeaux

2 crashes over the weekend kill 8 in La.


GIBSON, La. (AP) - Two separate crashes over the weekend killed eight people in Louisiana, the latest on Sunday morning, when four teens died and a fifth was critically injured when a stolen car ran off a curve and hit a tree, police said.

All five people in the car were from Gibson, said state Trooper Gilbert Dardar Jr. It was the second wreck in two days to kill four people.

In Baton Rouge, four people from Ashburn, Ga., died after their pickup truck was hit from behind and burst into flames early Friday. The truck had stopped because of road construction, police said.

The only person in the truck who survived, driver Rito Gomez, 22, also of Ashburn, was in critical condition Sunday, state police Lt. David Conaway said.

Police said Dwayne Leggett, 30, of Baton Rouge was booked with negligent homicide, negligent injuring and careless driving.

State police said Jacqueline Gomez, 35, Sonia Gomez Brionca, 27, and Gomez-Brionca's daughter, Alondra Brionca, 2, died at or soon after the crash; Maria Barrios, 54, died later that night at Baton Rouge General Mid City Medical Center Burn Unit.

In a ninth death, state police said Jimmy Nicholas, 28, of Abbeville was killed Saturday when he ran a stop sign on his ATV, swerved to avoid a pickup truck, and was thrown off the ATV and into the side of the pickup.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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