Three-vehicle crash claims teen’s life

May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

*May 27, 2009

One person was killed and three others were injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday evening on La. 384 (Big Lake Road) just south of Country Club Road, authorities said.

At about 6 p.m., Artem Dubovoy, 17, was reportedly traveling north in a Ford Mustang when he tried to pass the vehicle in front of him and lost control of his car, which began sliding sideways on the damp road, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen LaFargue.

Dubovoy’s car collided with a southbound Buick driven by Brister Rachel Soileau, 25, LaFargue said. The Mustang reportedly continued off the road and struck a ditch at the intersection of Big Lake and A. Miller roads.

A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Christy R. Decelle, 40, then rear-ended Soileau’s car, LaFargue said.

Dubovoy was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kevin O’Neal, 17, and Decelle were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. Soileau was taken to Women & Children’s Hospital with moderate injuries.

All drivers were wearing their seat belts, LaFargue said. Standard toxicology tests are pending.

LaFargue said the initial 911 call was placed by the clerk in a nearby Valero station.

The accident occurred a short distance from the Lake Charles Fire Department Company 8 station. The firemen there heard the accident and assessed the situation, said LCFD Capt. Jeremy LeBlanc. He said the men extricated Dubovoy from the Mustang and assessed the others’ injuries.

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