Fatal bridge accident still a mystery

Published 11:52 pm Monday, June 9, 2008

VIDALIA — Authorities are still waiting for results from the Louisiana State Police to answer lingering questions about the fatal four-car wreck on the Vidalia-Natchez bridge May 18.

The State Police worked the crash scene and will provide scale drawings to recreate the crash, but because of the workload the troopers have it is still unclear when Vidalia Police will receive those drawings, Vidalia Police Capt. Arthur Lewis said.

“We want to do what we can as soon as possible,” Lewis said. “Family members (of those involved) have been coming in and asking about reports, so we want to finish up as quickly as possible.”

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The wreck occurred past the mid-way point on the bridge, and police said at the time it was likely caused by illegal racing.

Four vehicles, a grey Dodge pickup, a green Chrysler four-door sedan, a silver Dodge four-door and a black Crown Victoria, were involved in the accident.

Two local men, Terrence Johnson, 20, and Kelvin Keys, 22, were killed.

Johnson died on the scene, and Keys later died at University Medical Center, in Jackson from the injuries he received.

Another victim, who police did not publicly identify, was transported to a Jackson hospital at the time.

All three were reportedly in the same vehicle.

Others involved in the accident reportedly fled the scene.

One Natchez man, Cedric A. Hunter, 24, was arrested on charges of DWI (first offense) after the accident. Hunter was later released on a $696 bond.

A fifth vehicle, a Ford Mustang, was involved in an accident on the bridge just before the four-car pileup, but police said the accident involving the Mustang was unrelated to the fatal accident.