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Soldier dies in Columbus crash, teen faces vehicular homicide

Jack Hughes (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's ) Jack Hughes (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's )
Sgt. Jerome C. Owens is on the right in this photo submitted to us by the Army. Sgt. Jerome C. Owens is on the right in this photo submitted to us by the Army.
This is a diagram of the accident that killed a Columbus soldier Monday morning. This is a diagram of the accident that killed a Columbus soldier Monday morning.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A teenager is facing homicide charges in connection with a car crash that killed a highly decorated soldier.

Jack  Hughes, 17, is charged with vehicular homicide for the crash that happened around 5:30 Monday morning near the corner of University Ave and Macon Road.

Sergeant Jerome Owens, 39, from Valdosta, Georgia was killed in the accident.

Hughes also faces DUI, red light violation and drug charges.  He is accused of having Ecstasy and prescription pills.

The Columbus Police report shows Hughes ran a red light traveling North on Macon Road.  Owens was turning left onto Macon Road from Elm Drive when Hughes Ford F-150 struck his Nissan Altima. 

Owens was a combat medic and stationed at Fort Benning since July 2009.

He has 21 awards and decorations:

  • 2 Army Commendation Medals
  • 3 Army Achievements Medals
  • 1 Presidential Citation (Army & Air Force)
  • 1 Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
  • 3 Army Good Conduct Medals
  • 1 National Defense Service Medal
  • 1 Korean Defense Service Medal
  • 1 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • 1 Iraq Campaign Medal
  • 1 Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • 1 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • 1 Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • 1 Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon
  • 1 Army Achievement Medal
  • 1 NATO Medal
  • 1 Driver and Mechanic Badge

Hughes has bonded out of the Muscogee County Jail. He will not appear in court for a Recorders Court hearing. News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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