TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (LOUISIANA STATE POLICE ) — An overnight Sunday fatal crash on U.S. 51, approximately half a mile south of the Kentwood city limits, has resulted in the death of Jeremy Owen, 26, of Meadville, MS and the arrest of Colby McNabb, 22, 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.