CALDWELL Parish - UPDATE:
Two Teenagers are dead following a two-vehicle crash in Caldwell Parish.
A day made for celebrating interrupted by tragedy.
Shortly after 3:10 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to the crash on Louisiana Highway 133 just south of Louisiana Highway 4.
Homecoming for Caldwell Parish High School is now a memorial for two young girls.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Mazda 6, 16-year-old Tristen Robinson of Columbia, was traveling south on LA 133 when for reasons still under investigation the vehicle ran off the right side of the road. She died at the scene.
A passenger in the Mazda, 15-year-old Ava "Gracie" Crockett of Columbia, was also properly restrained but she was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Vargas and a passenger, 38-year-old Martha Salinas of Portland, AR were both properly restrained and were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
A sudden impact that has touched everyone in the community.
"Well I know both of the kids they've been to my house and it's just really bad," Sheriff Clay Bennett said.
Students are struggling with a massive heart break, but the high school football team decided to play in memory of the fallen teens.
"Well they had originally cancelled all the homecoming stuff today they cancelled the game but the kids got together and decided they wanted to play the game," Bonnet said.
Bennett hopes eventually this makes the community stronger, but for now it just hurts.
"I can feel it in the community you know everybody coming together right now but everybody's just hurting here."
As he holds back the tears, he asks people to lift up the families who've suffered the ultimate loss.
Louisiana State Police revealed their findings after investigating the crash.
The Mazda reentered the road, drove across both lanes of travel, and was struck in the passenger side door by a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 39-year-old Jose Vargas of Portland, AR.
Robinson was properly restrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash. However, due to the severity of the crash, she sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Caldwell Parish Coroner’s Office.
Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2017, Troop F has investigated 24 fatal crashes resulting in 25 deaths.
Officials are working to clear the scene after a fatal accident took place in Caldwell Parish.
The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Highway 4.
According to Louisiana State Police, two high school students were killed in the crash.
School sources tell us the victims are both female sophomores at Caldwell High School.
Caldwell High School’s Coach tells our Sports Director, Gene Ponti, the team voted to hold tonight’s game in honor of the two girls.
KTVE/KARD has a crew headed to the scene.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
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