On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, shortly after 10:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash on LA 43 south of LA 16 in St. Helena Parish. The crash took the life of 32-year-old Kyndal B. Mckinney of Albany.
The initial investigation revealed that Mckinney was traveling northbound on LA 43 in a 2006 Ford Focus when she exited the roadway impacting a culvert and a utility pole. Mckinney was unrestrained and ejected from her vehicle during the crash. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Mckinney for scientific analysis.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.