ST. MARTIN PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two high school students are among the three people killed in a crash in south Louisiana early Friday morning, according to KATC-TV in Lafayette.
Detectives with Louisiana State Police say the crash occurred just before 6:30 a.m. on May 18 on LA 96 near Capritto 40 Arpent Road in St. Martin Parish.
The crash claimed the lives of Kenneth Eaglin II, 18, Dajanee Oliver, 18, and Latricia Savoy, 37, all of St. Martinville.
Police say the crash happened while Eaglin, who was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu eat on LA 96, crossed the centerline for reasons unknown and struck a 2004 Toyota Rav4, driven by Savoy.
KATC-TV reported Supt. Lottie Beebe confirmed Eaglin and Oliver were students at St. Martinville High. The report indicated another student and two other people were taken to the hospital in critical conditions.
The names of those victims have not been released.
Eaglin and Oliver were not wearing seatbelts and suffered fatal injuries. A 16-year-old unrestrained passenger in Eaglin's car was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.
Savoy was wearing a seatbelt and suffered fatal injuries. A 17-year-old passenger and a 7-year-old passenger in Savoy's vehicle suffered moderate injuries, and a 6-year-old suffered critical injuries. All three were properly restrained and were transported to a local hospital, according to police.
The highway was closed for a while and reopened around 10 a.m.
The crash is being investigated by Louisiana State Police. It is unknown if impairment was a factor, but toxicology samples were taken and sent to the LSP Crime Lab for analysis, which is standard in all fatal wrecks.