Family of man killed in alleged drag racing crash in disbelief after “senseless” tragedy

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BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) The family of Deondrick Rudd is in disbelief after he was killed in a car accident police say was caused by drag racing.

“He touched a lot of lives, he really touched a lot of lives and for him to be taken away from us in this short period of time is wrong,” Rudd’s Mother Dionne Harris said.

Rudd’s family said he lost his life while saving another.

“My son did save a life that day, Deondrick asked (his friend) Michael, to move out of the way, he didn’t move fast enough Deondrick pushed him out of the way but it was too late for my son to save his own life,” Harris said.

Harris said her son was getting ready to propose to his longtime girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

“He was so sweet, im never going to find anyone else like him,” Rudd’s soon to be fiancee Terry Lewis said.

Friends say Rudd was always busy doing for others.

“He had a job, he did music, he did life, he had personal stuff and he always kept that smile like hey, it’s going to be ok,” Rudd’s friend Ronnie Dunn said.

“He was my brother. That was my brother.”

ORIGINAL: Two men were killed in a crash by a car police say was caused by drag racing with another car down Lobdell Boulevard in Baton Rouge.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Lobdell and Lobwood Drive.

According to police, the crash involved a Ford Mustang, a BMW 135I, and a bicycle.

Police say the Ford was traveling in the outside lane and the BMW was traveling in the inside lane, as the two were drag racing on North Lobdell Boulevard.

The BMW lost control and struck the driver’s side of the Ford, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway, police said.

The vehicles continued off-road striking a wooden utility pole and a bicyclist, before coming to rest against a tree.

The driver of the BMW, 56-year-old Christopher Brock of Baker and bicyclist Deondrick Rudd of Jeanerette both died at the scene, police said.

The driver of the Ford, 57-year-old Lattimore Brock, was later arrested and booked into EBR Parish Prison on vehicular homicide charges, DWI, drag racing, failure to maintain control and reckless driving.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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