Update, 12:33 p.m. Tuesday: Baton Rouge police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Maci Summer Sanders of Baton Rouge.
BRPD said Sanders was the back-seat passenger in a 2013 Toyota Camry when the driver stopped at the top of the bridge, thinking the car hit something. A 2010 Nissan Titan hit the Camry from behind because the Titan's driver didn't see the Camry stopped.
An early morning crash Monday on the Mississippi River Bridge left one woman dead and several other people injured.
The crash occurred at about 2:20 a.m. on the bridge’s outside, eastbound lane after one vehicle rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped for an unknown reason, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.
Police have not identified the woman who died in the crash.
She was a back-seat passenger in the vehicle that was rear-ended, Coppola said.
At least four other people involved in the crash, including the drivers of both vehicles, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Coppola said.
The crash is still being investigated, Coppola said.
BR man accused of hitting, choking woman
Baton Rouge Police on Sunday arrested a 33-year-old man accused of striking his live-in girlfriend with a kitchen pot then choking her more than a year ago.
Milton Butler was in an argument with his girlfriend at their Breckenridge Avenue home on Feb. 12, 2014, when Butler grabbed a pot from the kitchen and starting hitting his girlfriend in the arm and leg, according to a law enforcement report.
Butler then choked the woman before fleeing the scene, police said. Officers found injuries on the woman’s arm and leg.
Butler and the woman had been living together for about two years, according to the report.
Butler, of Breckenridge Avenue, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery with strangulation.
Authorities book 9 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least nine people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Graylin Bell, 62, 520 S. 17th St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driving with suspended license and inspection sticker violation.
Melvin Butler, 48, 5462 Cadillac St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, careless operation and driver’s license required.
Courtney Glover, 24, 11552 Mary Lee Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper lane use, public intimidation, possession of an alcoholic beverage in vehicle and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Ivar Harris, 40, 5336 Adams Ave., Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI and reckless operation.
William Irvin, 48, 4860 Longfellow Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license suspended or revoked and inspection sticker violation.
Joshua McCoy, 17, 902 Progress St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
Ray Porter, 60, 923 Executive Park, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and motor vehicle inspection required.
Torrence Tate, 25, 5161 Peerless St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate switched, driver’s license required, no proof of insurance and inspection sticker violation.
Kevin Williams, 50, 2744 Lula Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an alcoholic beverage in vehicle and possession of marijuana.
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