BRPD: Woman steals car, dies in crash

A woman who carjacked a vehicle from a Good Samaritan who offered her a ride in freezing weather Monday was killed minutes later in a collision after speeding through a red light, Baton Rouge police said.

The carjacking happened about 10 a.m. at the Shell gas station at Government Street and North Foster Drive after two women approached the driver of a Toyota Camry and asked for a ride.

“She, being a Good Samaritan in the cold weather, agreed,” said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.

The woman drove her passengers a short distance and dropped them off near a car wash on Community College Drive, Coppola said, “at which time they said, ‘We have a gun and we’re going to take your car.’”

The victim never saw a weapon, but, fearing for her life, grabbed her cellphone and bailed out of the vehicle, Coppola said, while the two carjackers sped off.

“The car was traveling at such a high rate of speed we could never catch up,” Coppola said. “The car was going fast the whole time.”

The carjackers ran a red light and crashed head-on into a Saturn on Old Hammond Highway, causing the stolen Camry to turn over and come to a rest near the drive-up ATM at Red River Bank. The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified as Kiamonte Davis, 19, of 11888 Longride Ave., Baton Rouge, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second suspect, Princess Wright, 20, 2775 Lorraine St., survived the crash — she was uninjured, Coppola said — and was booked into Parish Prison with first-degree robbery.

A woman and 13-month-old child were traveling in the Saturn struck by the stolen vehicle, police said. The woman, identified as Jessica Graves, 26, 1330 Jim Taylor Drive, Baton Rouge, received “moderate to severe” injuries,” Coppola said, while the baby was unscathed.

Police cordoned off the scene of the crash — which was littered glass and wreckage — and diverted traffic away from Drusilla Lane for hours.