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3 NELA teens killed in crash, 4th suffers life-threatening injuries

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:53 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Three teenagers have lost their lives in a crash in Northeast Louisiana and a fourth has suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Louisiana State Police.

Police say the crash involved a single vehicle and happened on Works Road west of LA Hwy 818. That’s just south of Ruston in Lincoln Parish. According to police, Troop F responded to the crash on July 26, 2021, shortly before 3:45 p.m. The following is from state police and details their findings so far.

The initial investigation revealed a 2012 Kia Optima, driven by 19-year-old Lajermanique Nichols of Jonesboro, was traveling east on Works Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle began to rotate, traveled off the road and struck a large tree.

Nichols, who was unrestrained, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.  Two other passengers inside the vehicle, 17-year-old Lajavion Nichols of Jonesboro and 16-year-old Javious Holden of Jonesboro, were also unrestrained and ejected from the vehicle.  Both these passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.  A fourth occupant, identified as 18-year-old Edward Kary, was also ejected and sustained life threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital.

This crash remains under investigation.  Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.

Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences.  Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

In 2021, Troop F has investigated 30 fatal crashes resulting in 37 deaths.

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