1 killed, 5 injured in head-on crash

Published 9:12 am Monday, August 1, 2022

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Shortly after 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 21 near Little Southern Village Road in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Kevin Christensen, 35, of Mandeville.

Trooper William Huggins said that the initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Christensen was traveling in the wrong direction in the southbound lanes of Highway 21 in a 2000 Toyota Tundra. At the same time, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling southbound on Highway 21. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota impacted the Jeep head-on in the left southbound lane of Highway 21. After impact, the Jeep overturned.

Huggins said that Christensen was not properly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Jeep was properly restrained, but sustained serious injuries. There were four other occupants in the Jeep, each of whom were properly restrained and sustained minor to moderate injuries. All occupants of the Jeep were transported to a local hospital.

Impairment is unknown and routine toxicology results are pending for both drivers, Huggins said. The crash remains under investigation.