Kaitlyn Cheatham and Haven Coutee killed in crash in Deville, LA
PUBLISHED Sat, February 25, 2017 - 1:51pm EST
Two teenagers - identified as 14-year-old Kaitlyn Cheatham and 15-year-old Haven Coutee - have been killed in a crash on Louisiana Highway 1207 in Rapides Parish, police say. Three other people were injured. (more)
It happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday when a 1988 Toyota pickup was involved in a crash on LA Highway 1207 at Bethel Road in Deville, causing the vehicle to overturn in the roadway. The occupants were able to exit the vehicle.
A short time later, as the occupants of the Toyota pickup stood in the roadway, a 2007 Nissan Murano collided with the overturned vehicle before striking several people.
"During the sequence of events, the Nissan collided with two pedestrians who were originally occupants of the Toyota in the first crash," said Louisiana State Police spokesman Scott Moreau. "They were standing in the roadway, beside the Toyota, when they were struck."
The Nissan also collided with a 20-year-old man who was on the edge of the roadway and approaching the scene to help. The driver of the Toyota, a 16-year-old boy, was also struck and a second 16-year-old boy, who had stopped to help, jumped onto the Toyota to avoid a direct hit from the Nissan.
The two teenagers who were standing in the roadway and were the first to be hit were pronounced dead, according to Moreau. They were identified as 14-year-old Kaitlyn Cheatham of Effie and 15-year-old Haven Coutee of Deville.
The 20-year-old man, identified as Christian M. Belgard of Deville, received serious injuries and was rushed to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment. The two 16-year-old boys both suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
The occupants of the Nissan were identified as 69-year-old Judy M. Kendrick and 76-year-old William Kendrick, both of Pineville. Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and were not injured.
"Routine toxicology tests are pending. Both crashes remain under investigation and charges are pending," said Moreau.