Two Baton Rouge residents were killed Sunday in a crash on U.S. 61 south of Pride Port Hudson Road in East Baton Rouge parish, the State Police said.
Willie Ross Sr., 84, and his passenger, Jonas Ross, 81, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, State Trooper Russell G. Graham II said in a news release.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Kenneth Cavin, 19, of St. Francisville was driving a 2006 Ford pickup north on U.S. 61 when he lost control of it, crossed the median and became airborne, Graham said.
As it rolled over, the pickup struck the top of a southbound 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Willie Ross Sr., Graham said.
Cavin sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, Graham said. A third vehicle was struck by debris during the crash and the driver was uninjured.
Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in the crash, Graham said. However, troopers have submitted blood samples of each of the drivers to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis, he said.
Troopers do suspect speed to have been a factor in the crash, and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, Graham said.