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LSU student fatally hit by car was raped first, police say

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Four people have been charged with allegedly raping a student at Louisiana State University, who authorities say was assaulted and then left at a nearby Baton Rouge subdivision, where she was then struck and killed by a motor vehicle.

Kaivon Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, were charged with third-degree rape, according to court documents. Under Louisiana law, the charge generally relates to a victim who is “incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of the act, owing to a drowsiness or abnormal mental state caused by an intoxicant or other cause and the perpetrator knew or should have known of the victim’s incompetence.”

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Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were both charged with the principle of third-degree rape, meaning they were present but not involved in the alleged crime.

All four of the accused have turned themselves in in recent days, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said. It was unclear if any of them had lawyers as of Tuesday.

According to the warrant, the 19-year-old victim in the case was at a bar in the Tigerland entertainment district on January 15 when she met the 17-year-old, who is now accused of sexually abusing her. Police say the woman went with him and the three men.

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The woman – who Carver said in an affidavit was unstable on her feet, unable to keep her balance and slurring her words – asked for a ride home. Lawmakers claim Washington and the 17-year-old raped the victim while Carver and Lee were in the front of the car. When asked by police if the woman was too disabled to consent to the sex, Carver replied, “I think so.”

The victim had a blood alcohol level that can cause unconsciousness, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

At around 3 a.m., about 50 minutes after Carver said they dropped the victim off at a sub-department, she was standing in the street when she was struck by a rideshare vehicle. She died in a hospital.

“To all appearances she was an amazing young woman with limitless potential,” LSU President William Tate IV said in a written statement Monday. “What happened to her was evil.” University officials planned to meet with business owners near campus to “discuss how their responsibilities directly impact the safety of our students,” Tate said.

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The driver – who police said was unaffected, contacted emergency services and stayed at the scene – was not charged.

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