MARSHALL — An East Texas teen driving last January during a crash was charged Wednesday in relation to the death of two of his passengers. According to our news partner KETK, Latavion Demond Jackson, 18, of Marshall,is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide. Ny’Jahl Armstrong and Derrick Bennett were killed in the crash. Three other Marshall ISD students were involved in the accident. Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper said it happened about 1 a.m.January 12, on Highway 43 South near Grangeway in Marshall.
Cooper said the car left the roadway, struck a tree and the Jaws of Life equipment to remove the four students trapped in the vehicle. DPS officials say the preliminary crash report indicted that Jackson, the driver, was driving at an unsafe speed on the road. Jackson was transported to Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport in serious condition. Bennett, 17, was transported to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall in critical condition, where he died. Maze, 16, was transported to Christus Good Shepherd Marshall in stable condition while fellow passenger Armstrong, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. Info from the scene determined none of the four students were wearing seat belts.