Unrestrained Walker Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash

Published 4:07 pm Sunday, June 19, 2022

Baton Rouge – On June 19, 2022, shortly after 3:00 am, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA 30 near LA 327 Spur in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 22-year-old Summer McKinnon of Walker.

The initial investigation revealed that McKinnon was driving a 2021 Honda Accord north on LA 30.  At the same time, a 2019 Audi A8 was being driven south on LA 30.  For reasons still being investigated, McKinnon crossed the median, entered the opposing lane, and struck the Audi head-on.

McKinnon, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, was transported to a local area hospital.  Upon arriving to the hospital, McKinnon succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash.  The driver of the Audi was identified as 35-year-old Chenna Nalabolu of Baton Rouge. He was properly restrained and did not sustain any injuries. Mr. Nalabolu submitted to a chemical breath test, which he tested over the legal limit, and was subsequently arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide.  This crash remains under investigation.

Speeding, impairment, and lack of seatbelt use continue to be the leading causes of fatal crashes. Troopers encourage the public to have a plan in place to avoid driving impaired. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the chance of being killed or seriously injured in a crash.