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Candlelight vigil planned to bring awareness to fatal crash scene

MONTZ — A community organization is holding a candlelight vigil on Sunday, hoping to bring awareness to a traffic problem that has already contributed to numerous fatalities, impacting countless families in the River Region and beyond.

We’re trying to bring awareness to the accident scene on Thanksgiving Day,” said Sharon Green of Montz Community Outreach. “A red light is needed in that area. A candlelight vigil is planned on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 3 p.m. at Montz Park in Montz on River Road.”

The community gathering follows the tragic wreck and death of 31-year-old Cedrick Victor of Montz, who was killed as the result of injuries suffered in a Thanksgiving crash near the intersection of Airline Highway and East Harding Street in New Sarpy.

Green said several people have lost their lives at that intersection and a red light is needed.

“Please come out and help us get our story out,” Green said. “Let’s save others from loosing their lives.”

Louisiana State Police Troop B officers are investigating the fatal crash, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Airline Highway and East Harding Street.

The preliminary investigation indicated Victor was driving a Toyota Camry north on East Harding toward Airline Highway when, “for unknown reasons,” he failed to yield at a stop sign.

The Camry traveled into the path of a Pontiac G6, driven by 20-year-old Lawrence Ferrell III of River Ridge, leading to a collision.

Victor was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, police said, who also noted Ferrell was taken to University Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Victor was restrained at the time of the crash and impairment is unknown. A toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy.

Ferrell was not restrained and voluntarily submitted to a blood test, which will be analyzed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.