BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man involved in a Wednesday night wreck that killed an elderly woman is facing multiple charges.
Blake Starkey, 51, was booked Friday into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison days after the two-vehicle crash on LA 3246 and US 61.
Starkey faces the following charges:
- Reckless operation
- Negligent injury
- Negligent homicide
- Suspended drivers' license
- No proof of insurance
His bond has not yet been set.
Emergency officials responded to a fatal wreck on Siegen Lane Wednesday night, where multiple people were injured and one was killed.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 on Siegen Lane near Cloverland Avenue. The southbound lanes of Siegen were shut down for some time as officials worked the scene. Louisiana State Police confirms the wreck involved two vehicles and resulted in the death of one person.
LSP has identified the victim as Carolyn Ozment, 82, of Dyersburg, Tennessee.
The initial investigation showed the wreck happened as Blake Starkey, 51, of Springfield, was driving north on Siegen in a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck. At the same time, Cheryl Patterson, 62, of Arlington, Texas, was driving south on Siegen in a 2015 Chevy Cruz. For reasons still under investigation, Starkey crossed the two-way left turn lane into the southbound lanes of Siegen and hit Patterson's vehicle head-on.
Ozment was a passenger in Patterson's vehicle. Officials say Ozment was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries. She was transported to a local hospital, where she later died. Patterson was properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries.
Starkey was also not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries.
It's suspected Starkey may have been impaired at the time of the wreck. A toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.