State Police: 19-year-old woman dies in four-vehicle crash that closed I-10 for several hours

Ashley White
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

A 19-year-old Kentwood woman died Wednesday in a four-vehicle crash that closed Interstate 10 for several hours, according to the Louisiana State Police. 

Carol Brooks, of Breaux Bridge, was traveling eastbound in her Jaguar XF. The 41-year-old had a flat tire at about 6:45 p.m. and pulled over on the inside lane in a construction zone about three miles east of Louisiana Avenue, State Police said.

As traffic slowed and stopped, a Chevrolet Sonic driven by 19-year-old Kendall Wilkerson hit the back of a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, state police said. After coming to a stop following the initial crash, a fourth vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 34-year-old Felicia Cormier of Scott, hit the rear of the Sonic. 

That impact caused the Sonic to hit the jersey wall and come to a stop in the inside lane. The Tahoe overturned, blocking the outside lane, State Police said. 

Ryan Johnson, of Kentwood, was a backseat passenger in the Sonic. The 19-year-old was wearing a seatbelt, but she suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said.

There were several other injuries ranging from minor to moderate and some of those involved in the crash were taken to local hospitals. State Police did not release those names. 

The crash, which forced closure of the eastbound lanes for about six hours, is under investigation. 

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