Madisonville- At 6:30 AM on Wednesday January 10, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 22 at the intersection of LA 1085. The crash has claimed the life of 16-year-old Nathan Matthew Kiern of Madisonville.
The initial investigation led Troopers on the scene to determine that the crash occurred as Kiern was driving a 1996 Toyota Corolla southbound on LA 1085. Kiern had come to a stop at the stop sign at the intersection of LA 22. For reasons still under investigation, Kiern turned left onto LA 22 directly into the path of a 2014 Toyota Corolla, which was traveling westbound on LA 22. The 2014 Toyota Corolla was driven by 29-yeara-old Lauren Scherer McNeill of Madisonville. The front of McNeill’s vehicle crashed into the driver’s side door of Kiern’s vehicle. Despite being properly restrained, Kiern was severely injured in the crash. Kiern was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition. Shortly after his arrival, Kiern succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. McNeill was also properly restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to North Oaks Health Systems, where she was treated for minor injuries. Impairment is not suspected to have contributed to this crash. As part of the on-going investigation, blood samples were collected from both drivers and will be sent to the crime lab for analysis.
Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Please take a moment to speak with your loved ones about the importance of their safe decisions. Remind them to always wear a seatbelt, never drive impaired, and to avoid distractions. The conversation could be the difference in a serious crash.