Saturday morning crash leads to shooting investigation

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 4:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Saturday morning crash involving four people near 2500 Blue Ridge Road caused two fatalities and led to an investigation into a shooting prior to the crash. 

Lateshia Jordan, 18, died Monday night of injuries from the crash, and David Mcbride, 26, died at the scene of the accident, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Police have determined that a second vehicle was involved in the shooting before the crash, according to a police news release. Police had sufficient information to arrest a passenger in the vehicle that crashed on suspicion of second-degree murder.                                                                                  

Although no one died in the shooting, a person involved in committing a felony that leads to a death — in this case the crash fatalities — can be charged with second- degree murder.

The passenger was released pending further investigation into the incident, according to police.

The crash occurred when Desmeisha Thomas, 19, lost control of the Nissan Pathfinder she was driving and hit a curb. According to police, the SUV, which hit a telephone pole on the passenger side, flipped and slid for about 75 feet.

Alcohol and high speed might have contributed to the accident, according to the news release.

Detectives are seeking more information about the shooting, the crash and the events leading up to it. The Crime Stoppers number is 875-8477.

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