Update: Teen accused of vehicular homicide in soldier’s death makes bond

17-year-old Jack L. Hughes faces vehicular homicide, DUI, red light violation and drug charges

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comJune 28, 2011 

A teen accused of vehicular homicide in the Monday death of a Fort Benning combat medic has made bond.

Jack L. Hughes, 17, paid bonds totalling $15,900 on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, Ecstasy and prescription pill charges, DUI, a red light violation and an accusation of drugs not in original container. He left the Muscogee County Jail Monday, authorities said.

Hughes faces charges in connection with the death of Sgt. Jerome C. Owens, 39, of Valdosta, Ga. Owens died after a 1998 Ford F-150 going east on Macon collided with the soldier’s 2002 Nissan Altima as it made a left-hand turn from Elm Street around 5:15 a.m. Monday, Lt. Mark D. Starling said.

The soldier was pronounced dead at The Medical Center at 6:26 a.m., Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said.

Owens has been on active duty with the Army for almost a decade. Assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, he came to Fort Benning in July 2009 and has been deployed once to Bosnia and twice to Iraq, said Elsie Jackson, public information officer.

Owens had received an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal and a Presidential Citation (Army and Air Force), Jackson said.

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