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UPDATE: Friends of Driver Killed in Grambling Crashes Ask for Prayers

Grambling Police are investigating after an SUV plows through three homes Saturday night, killing the driver.
This is the first structure hit. This walkway belongs to a woman and her 97-year old mother. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
This is the first structure hit. This walkway belongs to a woman and her 97-year old mother. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
This is the second building hit. The vehicle took down bushes and hit a storage shed. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
This is the second building hit. The vehicle took down bushes and hit a storage shed. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
This is the final home affected. The vehicle went across the street, through a neighbor's front yard and rested against their front wall. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
This is the final home affected. The vehicle went across the street, through a neighbor's front yard and rested against their front wall. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
GRAMBLING -- Grambling Police are investigating after an SUV plows through three homes Saturday night, killing the driver.

Police say around 2 a.m., Grambling Police were called to the 200 block of La. Hwy. 149 for a vehicle crash into a home.

Police say the driver, 30-year old Keith Young Jr. of Ruston, was southbound on Hwy. 149 when he lost control of his 2007 Chevy Tahoe and veered off the roadway.

Officers at the scene discovered the SUV had actually ran off the road, struck a tree, center-point gas meter, and two homes before coming to a rest jammed against a third home. Major property damage was caused during the crash.

Police say Young was pronounced dead at the scene, suffering severe head and upper body injuries. The jaws of life had to be used to remove his body from the wreckage.

"He was just bubbly, smiley, he was just a good person," Young's friend, Shonta Kelly, said.

Young's death has left many of his friends in complete shock.

"I just don't even know how to explain how I feel. One moment you're there with someone, having a great time, and the next phone call you get....I can't explain it," friend Nakisha Evans said.

Kelly told KTVE/KARD they had been with Young Saturday night before he died. They were attending several parties, but Kelly said she had told him to go home that night.

"We just tried to convince him to go home and his wife was there and he was just having a good time. We were all having a good time," she said.

Police say they believe Young was not wearing his seatbelt, was traveling at a very high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected and flipped several times traveling 500 feet off the roadway.

Police say alcohol was discovered inside the vehicle and it was possibly a factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are awaiting final results from the Medical Examiner's Office.

Young's friends ask for prayers for the family, not judgment from the community, as the investigation continues.

"Prayers for the family and not a bad assumption of him. Just prayers for the family," said Kelly.

"The biggest thing I'd ask for right now is prayers and love from the community. That's the biggest thing," Evans said.

Young's friends said he leaves behind a wife and three children.



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