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4-vehicle accident in Lafayette kills 19 year old

A crash involving four vehicles killed a 19-year-old woman on Wednesday night, April 22.

Louisiana State Troopers say Ryan Alasia Johnson of Kentwood was killed in a wreck that happened slightly before 6:45 p.m. on I-10 East near Louisiana Avenue. 

According to State Police, the incident that caused the first of three subsequent crashes occurred when 41-year-old Carol Ann Brooks was driving a 2009 Jaguar XF along I-10 East and her car got a flat tire. Then,

she pulled over on the inside eastbound lane of I-10, within the construction zone. 

As eastbound traffic slowed for Brooks' stopped vehicle, 19-year-old Kendall Raymone Wilkerson, who was behind the wheel of a 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and had Johnson seated in the backseat as a passenger, hit the back of a 2020 Chevrolet 2500 pickup. 

As Wilkerson hit the pickup, he was struck by a fourth vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 34-year-old Felicia Danielle Cormier.

When Cormier hit Wilkerson's Sonic, his vehicle crashed into the jersey wall while Cormier's Tahoe overturned, blocking the outside lane.

Johnson, who'd been a passenger in Wilkerson's Sonic, had been wearing a seatbelt but suffered fatal injuries during the crash and was declared deceased on scene. 

Other driver and passengers involved in the four-vehicle accident suffered minor to moderate injuries and some were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

State Police say the devastating crash remains under investigation.