WALKER — A man and woman who stopped their vehicle Monday on the side of Interstate 12 to recover a disabled car were struck by another vehicle, killing the woman, State Police reported.
The victim was identified as Maggie Lynn, 57, of Independence. The man, James Kinchen, 56, of Tickfaw, received serious injuries and was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
A news release from State Police Troop A gave this account of the accident:
Shortly before 4 p.m., Lynn and Kinchen were stopped on the grass portion of the shoulder of I-12 westbound east of La. 447 in Livingston Parish in a 2000 Ford F-250 pulling a trailer.
They were outside of their vehicle attempting to load a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser onto the back of the trailer when a car driven by Mekdad Zidan, 26, of Baton Rouge, ran off the right side of the road, striking both Lynn and Kinchen, as well as the trailer.
Lynn sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from Lynn, Kinchen and Zidan and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Zidan was not intoxicated, but speed is suspected to be a factor, police said.
Zidan was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on counts of reckless operation and negligent homicide.