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Five dead in Avoyelles Parish multi-vehicle crash

Two Ville Platte residents and one Eunice resident among dead
Fatal crash
Posted at 5:21 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 09:34:38-04

Five people are dead following a three-vehicle crash on La Highway 29 in Avoyelles Parish.

Two residents of Ville Platte and one from Eunice were among those killed in the crash.

State Police say the crash happened at around 11:30 a.m., on LA Highway 29. Five individuals were killed and six were injured.

An investigation by State Police revealed a 2009 Ford F-150, driven by 21-year-old Derrick D. Kyle Jr., of Cottonport, was traveling northbound on LA Highway 29. For reasons still under investigation, Kyle crossed the center lines into the southbound travel lane and struck a 1998 Ford van head-on. After the head-on collision, which left both vehicles disabled on the highway, a southbound 2014 Toyota Corolla struck the Ford van.

State Police say that Kyle and his passenger, identified as 20-year-old Jada D. Cook, of Marksville, sustained fatal injuries. A third passenger in Kyle's vehicle, identified as a juvenile, was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital.

The driver and three adult passengers in the Ford van were seriously injured and transported to a local hospital. Three additional adult passengers in the Ford van were killed.

The passengers are identified as 60-year-old Steven Freeman, of Ville Platte, 50-year-old Jacoby L. Mayes, of Eunice, and 55-year-old Hayward Petre Jr., of Ville Platte.

The driver in the Toyota Corolla received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Routine toxicology tests are pending.

The crash remains under investigation, including restraint usage for some occupants.

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