Unrestrained Passenger Killed and Two Drivers Injured in Rollover Crash on US 80 in Louisiana
Louisiana – A passenger who was not restrained was killed and two drivers were injured in a rollover crash on US 80 in Louisiana.
According to the Louisiana State Police (LSP), on May 14, 2023, soon after 3:30 p.m., Troopers from Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 80 just east of LA Highway 614. Rose Larkins, 69, of Princeton, Louisiana, was killed in the collision.
According to early findings, a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by 58-year-old Gwendolyn Kinchelow of Memphis, Tennessee, exited a private parking lot immediately east of LA Hwy 614 and reportedly drove north across the eastbound lanes of US Hwy 80. At the same moment, Asia Miller, 28, of Minden, Louisiana was driving a 2008 Honda Accord east on US Highway 80 in the inside lane. The Honda collided with the Chrysler, forcing it to flip over for unknown reasons.
Larkins, an unrestrained passenger in the Chrysler, was partially ejected and died as a result of the crash. The Bossier Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced her dead at the scene. Kinchelow, who was also unrestrained at the time of the crash, sustained significant injuries. Miller, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, sustained moderate injuries as a result of the crash. Both drivers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Although LSP indicated that impairment is not considered to have been a factor in this crash, regular toxicology samples were taken and will be analyzed. This crash is still being investigated.
Louisiana State Police indicated that while not all crashes are avoidable, statistics suggest that wearing your seat belt properly reduces your chances of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that everyone in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, wear their seat belts at all times. Wearing your seat belt correctly is one of the most efficient strategies to save your life and limit injuries in a vehicle crash.
Troop G has investigated 11 fatal crashes so far in 2023, resulting in 11 deaths.