A Metairie man was booked with negligent homicide on Friday for an August car crash that killed another driver in Kenner.
Witnesses said that John Reilly, 67, blew a red light at the intersection of Sal Lentini Parkway and Vintage Drive just before 1 a.m. on Aug. 17, according to police. His 1999 GMC Yukon collided with a 2011 Nissan Rouge driven by Charles Angle, 60, of Kenner.
Angle was not wearing a seatbelt, and authorities pronounced him dead on the scene. Reilly refused medical attention.
Kenner Police Lt. Brian McGregor said that Reilly surrendered himself to authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest. In addition to the negligent homicide count, he was also booked for disregarding the red light and driving with an expired brake tag.
McGregor said the delay between the crash and the arrest was because of pending State Police lab tests needed to determine whether Reilly was intoxicated at the time of the arrest. He said the test results showed that Reilly had some level of the painkiller hydrocodone in his body, but not enough to rise to the level of a vehicular homicide charge. He had been prescribed the drug for health problems, McGregor said.
“The district attorney’s office is going to have the final say on what he’s charged with,” said McGregor.
Angle was a plumber born in New Orleans who spent much of his life living in Kenner, according to an obituary. He was survived by a wife, two sons, a daughter, and a large extended family.
“Charlie was truly loved by everyone that knew him and he loved them even more,” his family wrote. “Although he is no longer with us, he will always be in our hearts and on our mind.”