Asingle vehicle crash killed a teenager from Robeline Tuesday, Feb. 26. The teen was wearing a seat belt, but excessive speed is considered a factor. Troopers responded to the crash around 2 p.m. on LA Hwy 485 north of Robeline.
The crash involved a 2007 GMC pickup driven by John Hunter Owens, w/m, 17. Initially, the GMC was on LA Hwy 6 when a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (NPSO) deputy observed Owens commit a traffic violation.
The deputy turned around with the intent to stop the vehicle, but Owens turned northbound on LA Hwy 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, exited the left side of the roadway and 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.
Troop E Troopers have investigated eight fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in nine fatalities.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Pafford Air Med, Robeline Police and Robeline Fire Department also responded.