UPDATE: State Police release names of St. Martinville High students, parent killed in morning crash


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Louisiana State Police are investigating a head on collision on Highway 96 and Capritto 40 Arpent Road in St. Martin Parish. 

St. Martin Parish School Superintendent Lottie Beebe confirmed this morning that two St. Martinville High juniors and parent were killed in the crash. One SMH sophomore is in critical condition, Beebe said.

 The crash claimed the lives of 18-year-old Kenneth J. Eaglin II, 18-year-old Dejanee Olivier, and, 37- year-old Latricia L. Savoy, all of St. Martinville, LSP Troop I spokesman Brooks David said.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Eaglin was operating a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu east on LA 96. For unknown reasons, Eaglin’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and struck a 2004 Toyota Rav4, operated by Savoy.

Eaglin and Oliver were not wearing seat belts and suffered fatal injuries. A 16-year-old unrestrained passenger in Eaglin’s vehicle was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

Savoy was wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. A 17-year-old passenger and a 7-year-old passenger in Savoy’s vehicle suffered moderate injuries, and a 6-year-old passenger suffered critical injuries.

All three were properly restrained, and were transported to local hospitals for treatment, state police said.

It is unknown if impairment is a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

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