After further investigation, State Police on Sunday arrested a man involved in a wreck that killed a 16-year-old boy.
Troopers arrested James Watts III, 31, on counts of reckless operation and for not wearing a seat belt in the death Friday of Phillip Abington, Trooper First Class Russell Graham said in a news release.
Watts might be booked with other counts, the release says.
Troopers have now determined that Watts was traveling double the 45 mph speed limit when the wreck occurred, and speed was a factor in the crash, the release says.
Abington, of Greenwell Springs, was driving a 2001 Honda Civic on Will Avenue when he tried to turn left onto La. 37 northbound. He pulled into the path of Watts’ 2005 Chevrolet pick up, the release says..
The pick up plowed into the passenger door of the Honda, and ran off the road to the left. The collision pushed Abington’s Honda off the road, stopping in a ditch along the edge of the road, the release says.
Abington died at the scene. Watts suffered minor injuries.
Abington was set to make his debut Friday in Baton Rouge Little Theater’s production of “Crazy for You.”
The musical was canceled Friday evening when news of Abington’s death reached the theater, Keith Dixon, managing director of the Little Theater has said.
But the show went on Saturday, and will continue its run as scheduled, Dixon has said.
While Abington had a long history of performing on stage, Dixon has said, the role of Custus in “Crazy for You” was his first with the Little Theater.
Abington had attended Bethany Christian School since pre-school. He was a member of the Beta Club, Playmakers, Baton Rouge Little Theater, Central Community Theatre and served in Kidzone at Bethany World Prayer Center since he was 12 years old.