Two unrestrained teens killed in West Baton Rouge Parish fatal crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 413 north of US Hwy 190 in West Baton Rouge Parish. The crash took the lives of 18 year old Nikki A. Nolen of Erwinville and 18 year old Abby M. Thompson of New Roads.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Nolen was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer southbound on LA Hwy 413. For unknown reasons Nolen's Trailblazer abruptly ran off the roadway to the right and struck a tree on the driver's side.

Nolen was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Driver impairment is unknown at this time; however, Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Nolen to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Front seat passenger Thompson was also unrestrained at the time of the crash, and suffered fatal injuries as well.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.