COVINGTON, LA — On Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a single vehicle fatal crash that took the life of a 19-year-old Covington woman. The crash occurred on LA 25 near its intersection with River Road in St. Tammany Parish.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Christine Burkeens was traveling north on LA 25 in a 2002 Ford Ranger. For unknown reasons, the Ford pickup truck drifted left across the centerline of the roadway and onto the southbound shoulder of LA 25. Upon entering the shoulder, the pickup rotated in a clockwise direction and overturned ejecting Burkeens from the vehicle.
Burkeens was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Alcohol use is not suspected with the results of a toxicology exam pending.
While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.