On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, shortly after 5:00 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on I-12 eastbound, just east of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Mckenzie Ticker of Chalmette, LA.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Ticker was driving a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon west on I-12. For reasons still under investigation, she traveled across the grassy median and under the cable median barrier. The Hyundai then entered the eastbound lanes of I-12 and impacted a 2012 Kenworth 18-wheeler. Ticker died on the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. She was properly restrained and impairment is not suspected to be a factor. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Ticker for scientific analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit and avoiding all distractions which can often mean the difference between life and death.