Troopers Arrest Suspected Impaired Driver in Connection with Fatal Vehicle-Motorcycle Crash in St. Tammany Parish

By Evelina Rivers
Published October 10, 2023

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Covington, Louisiana – On October 9, just before 2:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L initiated an investigation into a deadly crash on LA Hwy 437 near South Fitzmorris Road in St. Tammany Parish. This collision resulted in the tragic death of a 67-year-old individual named Douglas Jenkins, who was a resident of Covington, Louisiana.

Investigation indicated that the crash happened when a 2011 Honda CRV, driven by 46-year-old Kimberly Dufrene from Covington, was traveling north on LA Hwy 437. Simultaneously, a 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Jenkins, was heading south on the same road. For currently unknown reasons, the Honda suddenly started to turn left onto South Fitzmorris Road and collided with the motorcycle.

Despite wearing a DOT-approved helmet, Jenkins suffered serious injuries in the crash. He was taken to a nearby hospital but unfortunately, he later died from his injuries. Dufrene was properly restrained, only sustained minor injuries, and was also taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Dufrene was arrested by Troopers and taken to St. Tammany Parish Jail for Vehicular Homicide, DWI (2nd Offense), and Failure to Yield while Turning Left.

Blood samples were taken from both drivers for toxicology analysis. The crash is still being investigated.

Troopers often witness the devastating outcomes of motor vehicle crashes that could have been easily prevented. They strongly advise drivers to make a plan in advance if they intend to consume alcohol, as it can seriously affect vision, coordination, and response time. It is crucial to never drive under the influence or get into a vehicle with an impaired driver, and always remember to fasten your seatbelt. The conversation you have about this topic can have a tremendous impact.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.