Teen fatally hit by impaired driver

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A Coushatta teenager is dead and a 47-year-old man is behind bars charged with vehicular homicide after the car he was driving struck the teen and a friend who were walking on the side of the road.  

Rachel Barnett, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on LA 78, and Kenneth Morse, of Coushatta, was booked into the Red River Parish Jail on charges of vehicular negligent injuring, vehicular homicide, open container, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to crash involving a vehicle and two pedestrians on Louisiana Highway 784 just east of US Highway 71 just before 6 PM Wednesday.

The preliminary investigation revealed Lacy Ross, 19, also of Coushatta, were walking on the side of LA 784, when they were struck by a westbound 2002 Buick Century operated by Morse. 

Ross sustained minor injuries from the collision and was transported to University Health Shreveport for treatment. Barnette sustained fatal injuries from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Red River Parish Coroner.

Morse was not injured in the crash and but was impaired at the time of the crash.  At the completion of the on-scene investigation, Morse was transported to the Red River Parish Jail. Impairment is a factor in this crash. 

Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

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