High-speed crash claims life of Owens

Earlier today, a single vehicle crash killed a teenager from Robeline.  The teenager was wearing a seat belt, but excessive speed is considered a factor.

Troopers responded to the crash around 2 p.m., which occurred on Highway 485, north of Robeline.  The crash involved a 2007 GMC pickup, driven by John Hunter Owens, 17.  Initially, the GMC was on Highway 6 when a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Owens commit a traffic violation.  The deputy turned around, with the intent to stop the vehicle, but Owens turned northbound on Highway 485 and sped off.  The deputy lost sight of the vehicle and stopped pursuing.  A short time later, the deputy located the crashed vehicle.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Owens lost control, at a high rate of speed, and exited the left side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with several trees. 

Owens was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in serious condition but was later pronounced dead.

Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

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.  Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities.   

Troop E Troopers have investigated eight fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in nine fatalities. 

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