An 18-year-old Baker woman was killed in a two-car collision on La. 964 in East Feliciana Parish on Thursday morning, Louisiana State Police reported.
Mekala B. Brooks was killed in the crash that occurred at 6:45 a.m. on the state highway just north of La. 955.
State Police reported that a 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Brooks crossed the center line as she approached a curve, while a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ricky P. Edwards, 47, of Independence, was approaching the curve from the opposite direction.
Brooks’ car began to slide sideways and was struck on the driver’s side by the truck, State Police reported.
Brooks was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the car. She suffered fatal injuries as a result, State Police reported.
Edwards was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
State Police do not suspect impairment to be a factor in the crash, but as with all fatal crashes, toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and submitted to Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
State Police say not all crashes are survivable, but the chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash are significantly better if occupants in the vehicle are properly restrained.
Louisiana law also requires that every person in a vehicle always remain buckled up.