Four Louisiana Teens Killed in Automobile Accident


Four teens were killed and another critically injured when the car they were in hit a tree Sunday in Gibson, Louisiana. The car was listed as stolen and the driver under age. None of the teens was wearing a seatbelt.

Investigators have said driver inexperience and speed played a part in the automobile accident. The driver was only 15-years-old. The fact none of the occupants wore a seatbelt certainly contributed to their injuries. Investigators have also said the Nissan Sentra suddenly veered off the road, but it is not known if there was a malfunction with the vehicle or it was a combination of this and driver error. They add the teens did not steal the vehicle, but do not yet know why they were driving in it. However, the owner of the car apparently knows who stole it.

Family and friends of the victims said the five teens were inseparable and were together all the time. They attended H.L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, Louisiana, which has an enrollment of just over a thousand students. Most of those who attend the high school knew the victims.

Driver inexperience and speed are two factors that raise the odds of an auto accident taking place. While many vehicles are equipped with safety features, such as seatbelts and airbags, you need to use them to avoid injury or death. Teens hear this all the time, but many simply refuse to heed this advice. Unfortunately, some of them will never live long enough to avoid making this mistake again.