Picayune woman charged in fatal I-59 crash

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - A Picayune woman faces vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges following an accident on I-59 shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, according to Louisiana state police.

Officials said, 51-year-old Carol Henly of Picayune, is suspected of driving impaired when she drove her 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck into the northbound lanes of I-59 headed south against oncoming traffic.

Brenna Barnes, 42, of Hammond, LA was driving a 2002 Nissan SUV on the left northbound lane when her SUV ran into Henly's truck head-on. Louisiana police said, after the collision, both vehicles rotated in counterclockwise direction before stopping.

The Chevrolet pick-up ended up in the median and the Nissan SUV ended up partially across the right northbound lane and shoulder of the interstate, Louisiana police said.

Officials said, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and were taken to LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment. However, Barnes reportedly sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Henly received moderate injuries. Toxicology results are pending. Louisiana state police said, Henly will be booked at the St. Tammany Parish jail once she is released from the hospital.

Louisiana state police released this statement regarding impaired driving:

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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