Watson – Shortly before 5:30 a.m. Saturday, a two vehicle fatality crash occurred on LA Hwy 16 north of LA Hwy 1019 in Livingston Parish.

According to State Police, the crash took the life of 43 year old Brian K. Broom of Watson, LA, and resulted in the arrest of 36 year old Ashley E. Covington of Denham Springs, LA.

An initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Covington was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on LA Hwy 16.

At the same time, Broom was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu southbound on LA Hwy 16.

Police say for reasons still under investigation, Covington was traveling north in the southbound lane of travel. As a result, her pickup truck struck Broom’s Malibu head-on.

Broom was unrestrained at the time of the crash, and suffered severe injuries as a result.

He was transported from the scene by Acadian Ambulance to Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he later succumbed to those injuries. Impairment is not suspected on the part of Broom.

Covington was properly restrained, and suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Troopers suspect that Covington was impaired on narcotics at the time of the crash.

She was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish jail for vehicular homicide, improper lane usage, and expired driver’s license.