The teenager who was behind the wheel in the December single-vehicle crash that took the life of his passenger sits in the DeSoto Parish jail on charges of manslaughter.
Seth Andrew Steele, 18, of Shreveport, who was driving the car that caused fatal injuries to 33-year-old Michael Joseph McDowell, also of Shreveport, turned himself in to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s office on Dec. 18, 2017, and has been in jail ever since.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 15, 2017, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle crash on Linwood Avenue just north of LA 3276 in DeSoto Parish.
The preliminary investigation revealed Steele was driving the 2004 Ford Mustang driven by Steele was fleeing from a DeSoto Parish deputy who was attempting to stop the vehicle for a speeding violation.
Steele, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck several trees before the vehicle overturned.
During the crash, McDowell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. He died as a result of his injuries.
Steele, however, was wearing a seat belt and was transported to University Health in Shreveport with minor injuries.
Speed is considered the primary factor in this crash. Though Steel was charged with manslaughter, LSP Trooper Glen Younger, Troop G public information officer, said the toxicology report has not been returned yet, so it is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a part in the accident.
In addition to the felony manslaughter charge, Steel was charged with four misdemeanor charges: driving under suspension; exceeding the maximum speed limit; resisting an officer by flight; and expired license plate.