BR man arrested Tuesday in fatal Jan. 18 crash

Baton Rouge police arrested a 34-year-old man Tuesday accused in the death of a 70-year-old woman in a car crash Jan. 18 on Greenwell Springs Road.

David Beattie, 5537 Velora St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of negligent homicide, speeding, obstruction of justice, reckless operation of a vehicle and possession of Schedule I drugs.

Beattie was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala east in the 9800 block of Greenwell Springs Road at 10:42 a.m. when he struck the passenger side of a 2008 Mazda Tribute, according to a warrant for Beattie’s arrest.

The driver of the Tribute, Dorothy Stepteau, died shortly after arriving at a hospital, said Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman.

Video of the crash from a nearby Shell gas station shows Beattie driving at a high rate of speed when the crash happened, the warrant says. Beattie is seen in the video getting out of his vehicle with help from others, the warrant says.

Beattie also is seen in the video burying a bag of marijuana after being removed from the vehicle, the warrant says.

Two witnesses said they saw Beattie driving what appeared to be 100 mph and swerving in and out of traffic, the warrant says.

A device in the Impala called an Airbag Control Module showed Beattie was driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone, and an investigating officer calculated that Beattie was driving 75 mph, the warrant says.

Beattie wasn’t arrested immediately following the crash because police were awaiting toxicology results and had to reconstruct the crash to determine Beattie’s speed, Stubbs said.