Shortly before 7:30 a.m. (Monday, May 1), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of West Chestnut and North Pontchartrain in Lacombe.
The crash claimed the life of a 17-year-old Victoria Schneider (Lacombe, LA).
A 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck, which was driven by 26-year-old, Jermamie Young (Bogalusa, LA) was headed eastbound on West Chestnut. Victoria Schneider and her 23-year-old sister, Olivia Ellis, were passengers in the vehicle. As Young approached the intersection of North Pontchartrain, he failed to stop which caused a collision with a 2003 Ford pickup truck. The Ford truck, which was driven by 55-year-old, Steve Williams (Lacombe, LA), was travelling south on North Pontchartrain.
The Ford pickup flipped over upon impact, and came back to rest on the roadway. Williams, and one of his passengers, were transported to an area hospital with minor to moderate injuries. A second passenger in the Ford truck was uninjured.
Young was also uninjured in the crash. Ellis was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
It is unknown if Schneider was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was transported to a local hospital where she pronounced dead upon arrival.
Impairment is not suspected, but blood samples were obtained and will be sent to the crime lab for analysis. Young claimed the brakes on his truck failed, which is the reason he was unable to stop. No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation into the crash is on-going.