Louisiana Man and Two Juveniles Killed in Crash on LA 34, Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

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Published July 07, 2022

Louisiana Man and Two Juveniles Killed in Crash on LA 34, Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide


Louisiana State Police reported on July 6, 2022, that after further investigation and information was obtained, it was determined that Kelley’s actions prior to the crash caused the collision between the two vehicles. Barmore and his two juvenile passengers were killed in the crash. Kelley is charged with felony hit and run, three counts of vehicular homicide, and one count vehicular negligent injuring. He was booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center. The crash remains under investigation.


Louisiana – On June 11, 2022, Louisiana State Police reported that on Friday, June 10, 2022, at approximately 11:40 p.m., LSP Troop F responded to a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 34 south of LA Hwy 840-1. George Barmore, 68, Emory Barmore, 12, and Layla-Grace Barmore, 12, all of West Monroe, Louisiana, were killed in the crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that Barmore was driving a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound on LA 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.

Barmore, who was restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene. Barmore’s two juvenile passengers, who were not properly restrained and were sharing a seat belt, were also pronounced dead at the scene. Kelley and his juvenile passenger, who was restrained, suffered non-life threatening injuries. They fled the scene on foot after the crash and before law enforcement arrived. Deputies from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were able to locate Kelley and return him to the crash site for the Troopers who were investigating.

In the case of Barmore, impairment is unknown. Routine toxicology samples were collected and sent in for testing. Kelley is suspected to have been inebriated. He was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on three counts of vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

Louisiana State Troopers would like to remind motorists that impaired driving is still a major issue in the state. The consequences of driving while impaired remain the same whether the impairment is caused by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. Making wise decisions while driving, such as never driving while intoxicated, always ensuring all occupants are properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions, can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop F has investigated 12 fatal crashes in 2022, resulting in 16 fatalities.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.