Mississippi woman charged in Sunday morning fatal crash

Pearl River, La. –  Police say 51-year-old Carol Henly is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving following an early morning crash Sunday on Interstate 59.

The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 59, approximately half a mile south of the Pearl River exit in St. Tammany Parish.

Investigators say the crash occurred as Henly entered Interstate 59 traveling south against oncoming traffic in a pickup truck.

As Henly continued southbound in the northbound lanes, a SUV was traveling in the left northbound lane when the two vehicles crashed in a head-on collision.

Police say both vehicles rotated in counterclockwise direction and came to rest with the pickup truck in the median and the SUV partially across the right northbound lane and shoulder of the interstate.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and were transported to a local hospital in New Orleans.

The driver of the SUV, 42-year-old Brenna Barnes of Hammond, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Henly received moderate injuries and is suspected to have been impaired at the time of the crash.

Toxicology results are currently pending and police say Henly will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail, once she is released from the hospital, on vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges.