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UPDATE: Grayson teen dies in Caldwell Parish crash

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Caldwell Parish teen is behind bars accused of negligent homicide.

Louisiana State police said Eugene Williams was the driver of a vehicle that caused another teen's death. The crash happened early Saturday morning on state highway 849.

Police said Williams is also charged with obstruction of justice. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a 15,000 fine.

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October 6, 2012

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A 17-year-old from Grayson, Louisiana is dead following a two vehicle crash.  The crash happened just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday on Highway 849 south of Louisiana Highway 126.

A state police investigation reveals that Michael Woods was driving north when he passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone.   As Woods tried to re-enter the northbound lane the rear of his vehicle struck the front of the truck he was passing.  Woods lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and rolled.

State police report Woods was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected, and suffered fatal injuries.   The Caldwell Parish Coroner pronounced the 17-year-old dead at the scene.   Two other passengers in Wood's Isuzu Rodeo were wearing seatbelts and had minor injuries.   The driver in the truck, Wood's attempted to pass, 30-year-old Earnest Sandidge Jr. of Columbia was not injured.   However, police report that Sandidge was arrested for DWI and booked in the Caldwell Parish Jail.

State police say alcohol is not suspected on Wood's part, but toxicology samples were taken for analysis.  The crash is under further investigation.

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