Arrest made in fatal Walker wreck

Arrest made in fatal Walker wreck

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - The Walker Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a fatal wreck in Walker that occurred on December 4 on Florida Blvd. near the intersection with N Corbin Rd. The wreck claimed the life of Nikki Renee Lambert of Baton Rouge and left three others severely injured.

According to Walker Police Captain John Sharp, the initial investigation indicated that a Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound on Florida Blvd., occupied by Robert C. Kelly, 44, and his wife, Shelly Lynn Foster Kelly, 46, both of Denham Springs, crossed the center line and collided with a Ford truck traveling westbound. Chase Lanoux, 29, of Pride and Nikki Lambert, 29, were both in the Ford pickup.

"Ms. Lambert was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The injured persons were taken by ambulance to an area hospital," said Captain Sharp.

"After completing a thorough investigation of the accident, our accident investigator, Sergeant Brett Hutchinson, concluded that as a result of driver violations, the eastbound truck driven by Mr. Kelly crossed the center line of Florida Boulevard near its intersection with North Corbin Road. Reaching the shoulder of the westbound lane of travel, Mr. Kelly then pulled back onto the roadway and into the path of the westbound truck driven by Mr. Lanoux, where the two vehicles collided head-on," said Sharp.

Following the completion of the investigation, Walker PD obtained a warrant for Kelly's arrest. "Based upon the information presently available, the decision was made to charge Mr. Kelly with negligent homicide and negligent injury, along with various traffic offenses. In the process of the investigation, our officers also identified two outstanding failure to appear warrants for Mr. Kelly's arrest on unrelated charges," said Sharp.

According to Sharp, Kelly turned himself in to Walker PD after receiving notice of the charges against him. "Mr. Kelly surrendered to Assistant Chief Kenath Black on Thursday, December 15 after learning of the warrant for his arrest. Following Chief Black's explanation of the charges, including the possibility that the charges could be upgraded to vehicular homicide and vehicular injury pending the results of the toxicology tests we have requested, Mr. Kelly was transported to the Livingston Parish Detention Center where was was booked with negligent homicide, two counts of negligent injury, careless operation, driving under suspension, no insurance, and failure to register his vehicle. He was also booked on the traffic charges associated with the failure to appear warrants," said Sharp.

Kelly remains in custody at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a bond of $53,448.

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