A Texarkana man is facing bail of $300,000 in connection with his suspected involvement in a traffic collision in Texarkana on May 1. The 21-year-old suspect was allegedly speeding when he drove through a red light and collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe. The accident occurred at the intersection of Summerhill Road and New Boston Road at about 8:30 p.m.
According to police, the suspect was speeding and driving erratically moments before he drove through a red light and collided with the sport utility Vehicle. The police probable cause affidavit alleges that the defendant’s truck struck the SUV, causing severe damage to the SUV and causing severe damage to the vehicle. When police arrived, the suspect was allegedly seen lying n the ground and telling his passenger “Just kill me.” According to police, the man had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Police also state that they observed a bottle of Steel Reserve malt liquor.
The driver of the SUV and her 5-month-old daughter were taken to Christus St. Michael hospital for treatment. The 29-year-old woman suffered a broken neck, a broken left wrist, a broken right hand, a broken collar bone, la fractured skull, a lacerated liver and broken rigs. The baby appeared to have suffered scratches from flying broken glass. The male passenger in the front seat of the SUV suffered a severe brain bleed, facial fractures and a fractured skull. The defendant was taken to a local hospital where a sample of his blood was drawn for measurement of his blood alcohol level. He is currently being held in Bowie county jail on two counts of intoxication assault, a felony that is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.
The defendant in this case is facing serious criminal charges and may end up being incarcerated, paying a substantial fine and losing his drivers’ privileges. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, suggestion of potential defenses and an estimate of the likelihood of negotiating a favorable plea agreement.