Seven are dead after two separate crashes over the weekend. Alcohol is suspected in each crash, according to Louisiana State Police.
The first crash, which occurred Saturday near milepost 18 on LA Hwy. 111, involved five teens from Vernon Parish and resulted in three deaths, according to the Louisiana State Police who responded to the accident at 7:45 p.m.
A 1998 Ford pickup, driven by Gary M. Goodlow, 19, of Anacoco, was south bound on LA Hwy 111 when Goodlow lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the Ford collided with a tree. None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts, according to the LSP.
Goodlow was pronounced dead. Alcohol usage is suspected, and routine toxicology tests are pending.
The four other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the collision were Derrick E. Nolen, 19, of Evans, Alicia N. Ferrell, 19, of DeRidder, Robin Louviere, 15, of Simpson, and an unnamed juvenile, 15, of Leesville.
Nolen and Louviere were pronounced dead. The unnamed juvenile was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria and Ferrell to Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles.
Ferrell, whose condition was critical Saturday evening, was later air lifted to LSU Shreveport according to a Memorial Hospital spokesperson.  By Monday afternoon her condition had become stable according to a spokesperson from LSU Medical Center.
The driver and all four passengers were not wearing their seatbelts.
Vernon Parish Coroner’s Office will conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause of death.
The crash remains under investigation.
Another crash in Beauregard Parish on South Cooley Road resulted in four more deaths early Sunday morning.
Daniel L. Vanwinkle, 21, of Ragley, was traveling south on Cooley Road near LA Hwy. 12 at a high rate of speed, according to reports from LSP. For an unknown reason, Vanwinkle ran off the road to the right and struck a tree. Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were ejected.
Vanwinkle was pronounced dead at the scene, while the three passengers, Jeffery S. Culver, 21, of DeQuincy; Richard A. Pendley, 19, of Ragley; and Heidi R. Raduenz, 18, of Moss Bluff were all transported to Beauregard Memorial Hospital where they later died.