Police: Man who caused fiery, fatal crash said God told him to die

Published 6:53 am Thursday, July 25, 2019

An 18-year-old Louisiana man told authorities God instructed him to end his life, so he crashed his truck into another vehicle at about 90 mph, killing a driver.

Jack Jordan was arrested for second-degree murder, reckless operation of a vehicle and simple escape in the fiery crash Monday that killed 51-year-old Stephanie Payne.

The Advocate reports one of its employees witnessed the crash and said Payne’s car was engulfed in flames and pushed for yards through an intersection.

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Jordan’s arrest report stated he’d told officers God instructed him to kill himself, so he purposefully accelerated his vehicle to hit another vehicle.

State Police spokesman Taylor Scrantz said investigators don’t think Jordan was impaired but did run tests. Jordan was treated for a hand injury.