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State police: 7 killed on roads led to a deadly start to holiday weekend

State police: 7 killed on roads led to a deadly start to holiday weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say it was a deadly start to the Memorial Day weekend on Louisiana's highways.

As of Saturday, state police say they investigated five fatal crashes statewide that killed seven people.

State police say two of the crashes happened Friday night and early Saturday morning.

A two-vehicle crash in Chauvin killed two friends in one vehicle and a father in another one happened Friday at about 8 p.m.

State police say 52-year-old Lloyd Lecompte Jr. of Montegut was driving fast and crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck. Lecompte and his passenger, Paul Broussard, 50, of Chauvin, were killed. Eugene Rodrigue, 43, of Chauvin was killed while three of his family members were injured.

State police say another crash in St. Tammany Parish early Saturday morning killed 39-year-old Brent Dupree of Slidell.

State Police say 15 people died on Louisiana highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

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