2 Louisiana wrecks kill 7 in 24 hours; 5 not belted in


RACELAND, La. (AP) — Two wrecks in 24 hours have killed seven people, including five who weren’t belted in and were ejected from vehicles, Louisiana State Police said.

Four people died and two were injured when a Mississippi woman failed to yield to oncoming traffic and a pickup truck hit her car and overturned about 5 p.m, Louisiana State Police said.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, two adults and a baby were thrown from a compact car that crossed a median and collided with an SUV and a pickup truck.

Two occupants of the Ford F-250 that hit the Mississippi woman’s Kia Optima were ejected when the truck flipped over about 5 p.m. Thursday just east of Raceland, a news release said.

Those killed in that crash were identified as Barbara Guidry, 54, and Catlin Leboeuf, 35, both of Wiggins, Mississippi, and Dustin Moore, 31, and Michelle Moore, 30, both of Raceland.

Guidry had stopped at a stop sign on Louisiana Highway 182 but then failed to yield to the truck coming down U.S. 90, police said. She and Leboeuf were wearing seat belts.

A front passenger in the Kia suffered moderate injuries and a rear passenger in the Ford suffered minor injuries, Trooper Ross Brennan said in an email. Both were properly restrained, the news release said.

Police said Angela Wilkins, 52, and Keayette Wilkens, 31; and 10-month-old Jacon Wilkens, all of LaPlace, died Wednesday on U.S. 61 near Gramercy.

State police said Keayette Wilkens was driving south when her Chevrolet Cruze crossed the median, hit a Kia Telluride SUV and was hit by a Toyota Tacoma.

Police said the other two drivers were properly restrained and suffered minor injuries.


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