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A man accused of causing a crash that killed 3 Southern University students has been arrested

WDSU New Orleans 1/20/2023 WDSU Digital Team
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A 63-year-old man has been arrested after being accused of causing a crash that killed three members of Southern University's Human Jukebox band.

The Natchitoches Sheriff's Office reports that Clyde Gay was behind the wheel of the 18-wheeler at the time of the crash.

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Gay is now facing three counts of negligent homicide. His bond has been set as $300,000.

Those killed were identified as Tyran Williams, 19, Dylan Young, 19, and Broderick Moore, 19.

Troopers say the students' 1999 Jeep Laredo was stalled on the shoulder of the interstate while two of them were trying to change a tire on Dec. 7.

According to state police, a tractor-trailer driven by Clyde Gay, of Coushatta, drifted into the shoulder, hitting the Jeep.

All three people inside the jeep were hit and were pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

Southern University issued the following statement about the deaths of the three students:

"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the tragic deaths of three of our students who reportedly succumbed to injuries in a vehicular accident on Tuesday evening in Natchitoches Parish. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, classmates and other loved ones. All three young men were members of the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, to which we also extend our condolences.

"Southern University students, I know that the sudden loss of a classmate or friend can be devastating.

"I encourage you to reach out to someone you trust to talk about your feelings. Know that the University Counseling Center is also here to assist you. You can visit the Center, email or call 225-771-2480 during normal University business hours. You can also call the Holistic Behavior 24-Hour Crisis Hotline any time at 225-368-9602. For other resources, go to Employees can also find community resources here.

"While information is still being gathered during this difficult time, we fully respect the privacy of the families of our beloved students. We will share ways to remember them in the near future.

"Sincerely, Dennis J. Shields, President-Chancellor."

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