SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo coroner's office has identified the woman killed when she was ejected from an SUV in a rollover crash in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood.
She is 40-year-old Susan Barnes.
A young boy also was hurt in the wreck that happened just before 1 p.m. Thursday at the Cornwell Ave. at East Egan St.
"Preliminary investigation show that speed probably was a contributing factor," police Cpl. Angie Willhite said.
The driver began losing control of the SUV one block up from where it crashed in the 1400 block of Cornwell.
The driver over-corrected, Willhite said, causing the vehicle to overturn at least twice and maybe three times.
"She comes speeding down the road, down Cornwell," said one neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as "Darlene."
Darlene told us she saw the crash happen. "I ran out there, tried to see if I could help her."
But police say Barnes was pinned under the SUV. "She passed, you know, right there within minutes after the wreck," recalled Darlene.
Police credit three young boys with pulling a little boy from the wreckage. That included 13-year-old witness Jeremiah Reese.
"Me and my friend gator were down there playing basketball and we seen all this dirt flying around and we seen this car flipping. So we ran down the street and there was a little kid in the back seat. So we had to pick him out of the car," said Reese.
Willhite confirmed that a 4- or 5-year-old boy was recovered from inside the vehicle then taken to University Health for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
According to witnesses, they had seen that burgundy SUV in this neighborhood before, running the stop sign at high speeds in the past.
"That vehicle runs this stop sign fairly frequently," said neighbor Jerry Warden.
Warden said he's surprised there hadn't been a crash before now. "I've seen her run it 35, 40 miles an hour, so, you know. And you got kids up and down this street all the time."
"Darlene" says she'd called police before. "I've told them about the burgundy SUV."
And she feared a tragedy might happen. "I thought a child would have been killed before she would have," added Darlene.