ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash Thursday on I-55 north at mile post 11.8. The crash happened just before 11 a.m. and involved four vehicles.
The accident claimed the life of a tow truck driver, identified as 34-year-old Macy Lee Alvey III of New Orleans.
The initial investigation showed that a Chevrolet Silverado, occupied by 53-year-old Kevin Brown of New Orleans, was disabled on the shoulder of I-55 north. A tow truck owned by Rony's Towing and Recovery was parked in front of the Chevrolet rendering assistance. A Nissan Rogue, driven by 48-year-old Kimela Hall of Norco was traveling in the right lane of I-55 north and sideswiped the Chevrolet and tow truck. Alvey, who was standing on the driver's side of the tow truck, was hit by the Nissan. The Nissan then hit the right guardrail and overturned, coming to rest across both lanes of I-55. The Nissan was then hit by a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 59-year-old Nina Kincaid of Hammond.
Alvey was pronounced dead on the scene. Kincaid, who sustained critical injuries, and Hall, who sustained moderate injuries, were taken to North Oaks Hospital. Brown was not injured.
Impairment is suspected on the part of Kimela Hall. A blood sample was obtained and a toxicology test will be performed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Hall was arrested for vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, careless operation and driving with a suspended license. Once Hall is released from the hospital, she will be booked into the St. John the Baptist Parish Jail.
State Police said Louisiana's "Move Over" law requires that drivers approaching any vehicle stopped on or near the highway with hazard lights on must shall yield the right-of-way by making a lane change away from the parked vehicle. If drivers can't change lanes, the law states that they must slow down.