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NEWORLEANS-- AFlorida man is facing a vehicular homicide charge in a crash that took the life of a 17-year-old woman Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Alfred McKnight, 28, was booked on the charge after the accident around 11:15 p.m. on Interstate-10, at the Lafitte Street exit, Officer Gary Flot, a spokesman for NOPD, said.

McKnight was driving westbound on the interstate when he hit a SUV driven by an 18-year-old woman with a 17-year-old woman and 15-year-old male as passengers, Flot said. After McKnight rear-ended the SUV, the 18-year-old lost control, hit a cement guardrail and the SUV flipped several times.

The 17-year-old was thrown from the SUV and was pronounced dead on the scene. The 18-year-old female driver and 15-year-old male passenger were taken to the hospital, and their injuries are not life threatening, Flot said. McKnight was not injured in the crash.

The investigating is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call fatality investigator Melvin Hunter at 504-658-6237.

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