Four people have been charged with the alleged rape of a Louisiana State University student who authorities say was assaulted and then abandoned in a Baton Rouge subdivision near where she was later struck and killed by a motor vehicle. The school president identified the victim as sophomore Madison Brooks.
Kaivon Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old whose name was withheld because he is a minor, were charged with third-degree rape, according to court documents. Under Louisiana law, the charge generally involves a victim who is “incapable of resisting or comprehending the nature of the act due to stupor or abnormal mental condition produced by an intoxicating agent or any cause and the offender knew or should have known of the victim’s disability.
Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were charged with first to third degree rape, meaning they were present but did not participate in the alleged crime.
All four defendants turned themselves in in recent days, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said. It was not clear if either of them had lawyers as of Tuesday.
In a statement posted on social media, the LSU chapter of Alpha Phi said Brooks was a sorority sister and her organs were donated after the fatal accident.
“We are grieving the sudden and tragic loss of our sister, Madison Brooks, following the accident that took her life,” the sorority wrote on Facebook. “She was also a hero and she was able to donate her heart and her kidneys to save others. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends of hers during this incredibly difficult time.”
According to the arrest warrant, Brooks was at a bar in the Tigerland entertainment district on January 15 when she met the 17-year-old now accused of sexually assaulting her. Police say the woman left with him and the three men.
Brooks, who Carver said in an affidavit was unsteady on her feet, unable to keep her balance and slurring her words, asked for a ride home. The officers allege that Washington and the 17-year-old raped the victim while Carver and Lee sat in the front of the car. Asked by police if the woman was too incapacitated to consent to the sex, Carver replied, “I guess.”
The victim had a blood alcohol level that, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, can lead to unconsciousness.
At around 3 a.m., about 50 minutes after Carver said the victim was dropped off in a subdivision, she was standing on the street when she was struck by a rideshare vehicle. She died in a hospital.
“Madison was a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate and a friend to so many of you,” LSU President William Tate IV said in a written statement Monday. “By all accounts, she was an incredible young woman with unlimited potential. We shouldn’t have been taken away like this. What happened to her was evil, and our legal system will dole out justice.”
University officials planned to meet with business owners near campus to “discuss how their responsibilities directly impact the safety of our students,” Tate said.
The driver, who police said was unaffected, contacted emergency personnel and remained at the scene of the accident, not charged.