Arrest made in crash that left passenger dead when truck rear-ended car stopped on shoulder of I-12

Baton Rouge Police Department
Baton Rouge Police Department(WAFB)
Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 10:25 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 1:34 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department said an arrest has been made in the crash on I-12 that left one person dead late Wednesday, July 13.

Detectives with BRPD said Dedrick Smith, 21, of Zachary was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in connection with the crash that claimed the life of Kerriel Joseph, 22.

According to investigators, Joseph was a passenger in the front seat of a 2014 Hyundai Elantra that was stopped on the left shoulder of I-12 West just before it merges with I-10 around 11:30 p.m. when a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado slammed into the back of the car.

Police said Joseph died at the scene.

According to the arrest warrant, Smith told investigators “his vehicle began to ‘slide’ and he lost control.” Detectives noted the roadway was “saturated with water from continuous rain in the area.”

The warrant stated Smith did not show “obvious” signs of being impaired but told police he was “smoking marijuana prior to the collision.” Police reported a burned marijuana cigarette was seen in the truck. Investigators said the LSP Crime Lab determined the cigarette was marijuana and the analysis of Smith’s blood showed evidence of marijuana use.

According to police, data recovered from the vehicles showed the truck was moving 91 mph and the posted speed limit was 60 mph.

Smith was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of negligent homicide, speeding, possession of Schedule I CDS, driving too fast for conditions (rain), and no seat belt.

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