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Impairment, speed suspected in fatal Tangipahoa crash


Kentwood, La. - FOX 8 received the following news release from Louisiana State Police Troop L:

An overnight fatal crash on U.S. 51, approximately half a mile south of the Kentwood city limits, has resulted in the death of 26-year-old Jeremy Owen of Meadville, MS and the arrest of 22-year-old Colby McNabb of Greensburg, LA.  Both drivers are suspected to have been impaired at the time of the crash.

Troopers' preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred shortly after midnight as both Owen and McNabb were recklessly operating their vehicles while southbound on U.S. 51 at a high rate of speed. Owen, in a 2006 Dodge Stratus, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of U.S. 51 as McNabb, in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, was traveling south in the southbound lane directly next to the Dodge.  As both vehicles continued south on U.S. 51 at a high rate of speed, the right front quarter panel of the Dodge made contact with the left rear quarter panel of the Pontiac.  The impact resulted in Owen losing control of his vehicle as it rotated counterclockwise and ran off road to the east side of the highway.  Upon leaving the paved roadway, the Dodge impacted several trees ejecting Owen from the vehicle.  During the course of the crash, the Pontiac sustained only minor damage and came to a stop on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 51.

Owen was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was transported to Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.  Alcohol impairment is suspected pending the results of a toxicology analysis.

McNabb and front seat passenger in the Pontiac, 21 year old Marylee Campbell of Kentwood, LA, were wearing seat belts and received no injuries in the crash.  McNabb submitted to a breath alcohol test showing a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.  He was subsequently booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of Vehicular Homicide and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.

Louisiana's Vehicular Homicide law is defined as the killing of a human being caused proximately or caused directly by an offender engaged in the operation of any motor vehicle when the operator's blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or more.  Troopers and first responders witness far too often the costs of driving while impaired, lack of seat belt use, and making poor decisions while behind the wheel.  This fatal combination often leads to life changing consequences for everyone involved.

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