A two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on La. 64 east of U.S. 61 killed a Jackson woman, State Police said Thursday.
A preliminary investigation revealed that 40-year-old Melinda Messer was driving a Ford Focus east on La. 64 at 7 a.m. when she ran off the road to the right, according to a State Police news release.
Messer over-corrected to the left, lost control of the car and crossed back over La. 64 into the westbound lane, the release says.
Messer then over-corrected to the right and her car rotated clockwise in the westbound lane where she was hit by a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche heading westbound, the release says.
Messer was fatal injured in the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, the release says.
The driver of the pickup, Tedd Ohlinger, 50, of Zachary, and his passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash, the release says.
Troopers do not suspect anyone was impaired in the crash but they have submitted a sample of Messer’s blood to the State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis, the release says.
Ohlinger voluntarily submitted a breath sample to troopers that showed he had no detectable alcohol in his system, the release says.
Visibility was diminished due to fog at the time of the crash, the release says.
No one was booked and the crash remains under investigation, the release says.