Mississippi woman charged in I-59 fatal crash

Mississippi woman charged in I-59 fatal crash

POSTED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:34pm

Following an early morning head-on collision on Interstate 59, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L have charged Picayune, MS resident Carol Henly, 51, with Vehicular Homicide and Reckless Driving. The crash occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-59 approximately half a mile south of the LA 1090 / U.S. 11 Pearl River exit in St. Tammany Parish.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Henly entered the northbound lanes of Interstate 59 traveling south against oncoming traffic in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck. As Henly proceeded southbound in the northbound lanes, a 2002 Nissan SUV was traveling in the left northbound lane when the two vehicles collided in a head-on collision. After impact, both vehicles rotated in counterclockwise direction and came to rest with the Chevrolet pickup in the median and the Nissan 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 the LSU University Medical Center in New Orleans. The driver of the Nissan SUV, Brenna Barnes, 42, of Hammond, LA, 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 pending. Upon release from the hospital, she will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on the above charges.

Throughout the state, Troopers witness firsthand the devastating effects that impaired and reckless driving inflicts on far too often innocent victims. The consequences of drinking and driving can be costly no matter how many drinks you have consumed. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences remain the same.

The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public. By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted, or not wearing a seat belt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.

Contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on your cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions.

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