Baton Rouge, LA– Three people are facing charges for the rape of a college student who was fatally struck by a car after being dropped off in a neighborhood.
Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of 18-year-old Kaivon Washington, 18-year-old Casen Carver, 28-year-old Everett Lee, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy on Jan. 22.
Authorities say Louisiana State University sophomore Madison Brooks was fatally struck by a vehicle around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 after leaving a bar with the men.
According to the report, Brooks had been standing in a roadway for unknown reasons about 4 miles from campus.
After investigating the incident, officials learned that Brooks had been at a bar where she met the men and eventually asked one of them for a ride home.
During a police interview, Carver told authorities that Brooks, who he described as “drunk” and unable to maintain her balance, asked him for a ride. Carver says he agreed to take her home because he did not want to leave her alone at a bar as it was closing.
Surveillance video shows the four men leaving the bar with Brooks around 2:00 a.m.
According to the report, the group drove to a side street where the unnamed 17-year-old and Washington asked Brooks if she would have sex with them.
Carver and Lee remained in the front seats while Washington and the teen engaged in sexual acts with Brooks in the back seat.
Carver told police that he eventually told Washington “we got to stop this, let’s go.”
The group in the backseat put their clothes back on and Carver tried to take Brooks home.
Carver eventually drove to a subdivision and left Brooks there.
About 90 minutes after dropping Brooks off, she was struck by a car.
A toxicology test showed that at the time of Brooks’ death, her blood alcohol level was almost four times higher than the legal alcohol level for operating a vehicle and enough to cause loss of consciousness.
Washington and the unnamed 17-year-old are facing third-degree rape charges, while Carver and Everett are charged with principle to rape.
In Louisiana, third-degree rape is when a person” is incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of a stupor or abnormal condition of mind produced by an intoxicating agent or any cause and the offender knew or should have known of the victim’s incapacity,” according to the state legislature.
Officials say that while Carver and Lee did not participate in the rape, they witnessed it and did nothing to stop it.