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Baton Rouge woman dies after multi-vehicle crash in St. Martin Parish

The crash happened on October 31
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Posted at 3:31 PM, Nov 04, 2021

BREAUX BRIDGE — A Baton Rouge woman involved in an October 31 crash in St. Martin Parish has died.

Louisiana State Police say that shortly before 9:00 p.m. on October 31, troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash on I-10 West between Henderson and Breaux Bridge (near milepost 112).

The crash claimed the life of 25-year-old Kelsey K. Baptiste of Baton Rouge, they say.

The initial investigation revealed Baptiste was one of seven occupants in a 2006 Nissan Altima. For unknown reasons, the Altima became disabled in the left travel lane of I-10 westbound near Mile Marker 112.

State Police say that Baptiste and the driver were outside of the vehicle attempting to alert approaching traffic of the disabled vehicle.

Baptiste re-entered the vehicle just before it was struck by another vehicle. Following the collision, police report that Baptiste was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the right lane of travel. She was then struck by another.

Baptiste was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. On November 3, Troop I was notified Baptiste had succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Altima, who had jumped over the barrier wall just prior to the crash, and other passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries ranging from minor to moderate, they say.

The driver of on of the other vehicles in the crash sustained minor injuries no others were injured.

While impairment is not suspected, standard toxicology samples were collected and submitted by LSP for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

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