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State Police: Teenager admits to causing fatal Baton Rouge crash

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 09:16:53-04

A Baton Rouge teenager was arrested Monday night after State Police say he allegedly admitted to intentionally causing a crash that killed a 51-year-old woman.

Troopers say they began investigating the two-vehicle fatal crash on Monday, July 22 just before 10:00 pm. The crash occurred on LA Hwy 3246 (Siegan Lane) at La Hwy 427 (Perkins Road) in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash resulted in the death of 51-year-old Stephanie Payne of Greenwell Springs. An 18-year-old, identified as Jack Jordan of Baton Rouge, was arrested.

An investigation into the crash revealed that Payne was stopped at the intersection of Siegan Lane and Perkins Road when Jordan, who was driving northbound on Siegan Lane, struck the rear of Payne's vehicle at a high rate of speed. Troopers say Payne's vehicle became engulfed in flames. She received fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

During the investigation, Troopers say that Jordan allegedly stated that he intentionally caused the crash. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and was then transported to Troop A. State Police say that while there Jordan attempted to escape custody. Jordan was booked into the East Baton Rouge Prison on charges of Second-degree murder, Reckless operation, and Simple escape.

Troopers say impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. Both drivers were properly restrained.

The crash remains under investigation.