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Radar checks held on thruway after deadly crash

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CENTRAL - The Central Thruway opened less than a week ago, and already someone has died on the road. Today East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies conducted radar checks on the road.

Last night, 27-year-old Jackie Addison was killed when she ran a red light and smashed into an 18-wheeler.  Two other kids in the minivan she was driving survived. Baton Rouge Police said the driver of the 18-wheeler was not ticketed. 

On stretches of the Central Thruway today, a deputy could be seen running radar and pulling people over who were allegedly speeding. The Central Thruway connects parts of Baton Rouge to the City of Central and provides easy access to I-12.

Some drivers said they would use caution when traveling on the road.

"It's going to be a race track," Driver Robert Kelley said.  "People aren't slowing down, and cars are getting faster and faster."

Others said they aren't worried at all.

"No more caution then I use on any other street," Randy Muse said.  "I think the speed limit is the correct speed limit, if people obey the speed limit."

We checked with law enforcement and frequent radar checks are planned for the roadway.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been set for Jackie Addison.  Family members told News 2 she'll be laid to rest Friday in Hammond.


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