Four people, including a one year old child, died in a fiery head-on Memorial Day crash in East Feliciana Parish. State Police Trooper Bryan Lee says two vehicles were involved in the incident which took place on Louisiana Highway 67, just north of Clinton.
"One of those vehicles was passing two other vehicles in a no passing zone," said Lee. "As he approached the crest of a hill he struck a second vehicle head on. Both of those vehicles became fully engulfed in flames after that crash."
Lee says 1-year-old Hazel Temple, 19-year-old Holley Thomas, 22-year-old Brandon Temple all of Denham Springs, along with 24-year-old Jakyle Hall all died.
He says they believe Brandon Temple was passing two vehicles in a no passing zone when he approached the crest of the hill and slammed into Hall's vehicle.
"You can't see what's coming toward you," said Lee. "And the vehicle that's coming over in the opposite direction can't see you until it's too late. We have determined that the violation was the passing in a no passing zone."
Lee says the 19-year-old and 1 year old were in Temple's vehicle, and Hall was the only occupant of the second vehicles. He says upon impact, both vehicles burst into flames which further hinders other aspects of the investigation.
"Right now we can't speculate on impairment, and we don't know if we're going to be able to perform a toxicology test due to the severity of that crash," Lee said.