Three-Vehicle Crash in Jefferson Parish Claims Life of 18-Year-Old

Published 10:41 am Thursday, November 3, 2022

Terrytown – On November 2, 2022, just before 7:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a fatal crash on LA 428 (Behrman Highway) near Nova Street in Terrytown. The crash claimed the life of 18-year-old M’Kya Arnold of Terrytown. 

 The initial investigation revealed that 71-year-old Candace Davey of New Orleans was driving a 2022 Lexus RX350 north in the left lane of Behrman Highway near Nova Street. At the same time, Arnold was driving a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta and was stopped, facing south, in the center turning lane on Behrman Highway waiting to turn onto Nova Street. For reasons still under investigation, the Lexus veered to the left, entered the center turning lane and impacted the front of the Volkswagen. The initial impact caused the Volkswagen to travel backwards and enter the left lane of Behrman Highway south as a 2005 Nissan Armada was approaching. The front of the Nissan impacted the driver’s side of the Volkswagen. 

Arnold, who was restrained at the time of the crash, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Davey and a passenger in the Lexus were restrained, suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the Nissan was also restrained, suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Impairment is not suspected, however blood samples were obtained from all drivers and will be submitted for scientific analysis as a part of the ongoing investigation. Any criminal or traffic violations discovered in the ongoing investigation will be forwarded to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued or distracted, follow all traffic laws and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.