Elton Teenager Dies in Calcasieu Parish Crash

LAKE CHARLES - An 18-year-old Elton teen died in a car crash this morning after the driver allegedly ran a stop sign.

On May 16, 2013, shortly before 7:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Ward Line Road and Louisiana Highway 397 in southern Calcasieu Parish that claimed the life of a woman from Elton and critically injured twin sisters also from Elton.

A 2013 Nissan Altima driven by 18-year-old Kennedy Renee Isaac of Elton was traveling north on Ward Line Road and failed to stop at a stop sign said Trooper James Anderson. A 2004 Jeep driven by 49-year-old Oralia Benoit of Lake Charles was traveling east on LA 397 and had the right-of-way when the Jeep she was driving struck the Nissan driven by Isaac.

A passenger in Isaac's vehicle, Shelby Christine Granger, died as a result of the crash. Isaac and another passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Kelsey Regen Isaac of Elton, were critically injured as a result of the crash. No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, according to Anderson. Benoit, who was wearing a seatbelt, received moderate injuries.

According to Anderson, impairment on the part of Kennedy Isaac is suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Seven of the eight people who have died in crashes investigated by Louisiana State Police Troop D so far this year were not wearing a seatbelt.




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