Three killed in Ouachita Parish crash

A two-vehicle crash on La. Highway 34 in Ouachita Parish Friday claimed three lives.

Louisiana State Police responded to the collision south of La. Highway 840-1 about 11:40 Friday night. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor, driven by 68-year-old George Barmore, was traveling north on Highway 34. For unknown reasons, he crossed the centerline into the southbound travel lane and collided with a 2005 Ford F-250, driven by 35-year-old Joshua Kelley of West Monroe.

The crash claimed the lives of Barmore, 12-year-old Emory Barmore, and 12-year-old Lyla-Grace Barmore, all of West Monroe. 

All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The two juvenile passengers were not restrained properly and were sharing a seat belt. Kelley and his juvenile passenger, who were restrained, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They fled the crash on foot before law enforcement arrived. Deputies from Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office located Kelley and returned him to state troopers at the crash scene.

Impairment is unknown regarding Barmore. Routine toxicology samples were collected and submitted for analysis. Kelley is suspected of being impaired. He was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center for felony hit and run and three counts of vehicular homicide. 

In a press release, Louisiana State Police reminded motorists that impaired driving continues to be a major problem in Louisiana. “Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same,” according to the release. “Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.”

In 2022, Troop F has investigated twelve fatal crashes, which have resulted in 16 fatalities.

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