Good Samaritan speaks out about deadly drag racing crash on Lobdell Boulevard

Witnesses say speeding is common in area of fatal crash on Lobdell

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Besides the left-over crime tape, it’s difficult to tell that a small portion of Lobdell Boulevard was the scene of a tragic crash just days ago.

Police say a wild drag race killed two people on North Lobdell Boulevard on Jan. 25. One of the deceased was a young man who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, investigators believe.

A video of the scene just seconds after the crash shows panicked tenants run from nearby homes to help.

“I heard a crash and I saw an explosion. I ran up here,” said Joseph Harrison.

That explosion was most likely the sound of a Ford Mustang and BMW smashing into a tree.

Baton Rouge Police say, Christopher Brock, 56, and Lattimore Brock, 67, were drag racing. It’s unclear just how fast they were going when their cars left the road, but police say 24-year-old Deondrick Rudd was on a bike and got caught in the crossfire.

“Then we got the fire out,” Harrison says. “We ran to the other car that was behind it and the driver of the white car was actually right there helping us.”

Harrison says tenants from the apartment complex just inches away from the fire rushed to help not knowing this was the violent end to a race.

Investigators say Rudd died at the scene.

Balloons, candles, and flowers placed near the scene by a long-time friend of Rudd’s were the beginnings of a memorial Monday, Jan. 27.

Monday morning a friend of 24-year-old Deondrick Rudd brought balloons and decorations labeled ‘love’ to the scene of the accident on Lobdell Blvd.
Monday morning a friend of 24-year-old Deondrick Rudd brought balloons and decorations labeled ‘love’ to the scene of the accident on Lobdell Blvd. (Source: wafb)

"We’re going to miss you,” said one woman at the scene who knew Rudd. “Being the camera guy, the best friend, we just love and appreciate him.”

Police say Christopher Brock also died at the scene. Lattimore Brock is facing several charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide.

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