LSP: Teen dies after car crosses center line and is hit on driver's side

LSP: Teen dies after car crosses center line and is hit on driver's side

JACKSON, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police reported a teen was killed and the other driver was hospitalized after a crash Thursday morning.

The victim who died was identified as Mekala Brooks, 18, of Baker. Investigators said Ricky Edwards, 47, of Independence, was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with minor injuries.

The wreck happened on LA 964 north of LA 955 near Jackson a little before 6:45 a.m. LA 964 was closed for several hours as a result of the accident. All lanes were reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the initial investigation showed Brooks was headed south on 964 in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala when the car crossed the center line in a curve and started sliding sideways.

He added it happened at the same time that Edwards was going north on 964 in a 2004 Chevrolet pickup and the truck slammed into the driver's side of the car. According to Sandifer, Brooks was not properly buckled and was thrown out of the car.

Officials at Zachary High School said Brooks graduated from there in May 2014.

Although impairment is not considered a factor, blood samples were taken from both drivers and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This is standard procedure in deadly crashes on Louisiana highways.

The investigation is ongoing.

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