Lufkin man agrees to plea deal of 14 years for fatal wreck that killed motorcyclist

Lufkin man agrees to plea deal of 14 years for fatal wreck that killed motorcyclist
Jesse Huerta (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 31-year-old Lufkin man who killed a motorcyclist in an early morning wreck in 2018 agreed to a plea bargain deal of 14 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

Jesse Antonio Huerta appeared in Judge Paul White’s 159th Judicial District Court for a plea bargain hearing Monday. As part of the plea bargain, Huerta pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and accident causing injury or death.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Huerta was arrested on the two charges after the incident, which occurred in the 1900 block of South Medford Drive in Lufkin at about 1 a.m. on April 13, 2018.

An 18-wheeler driver who witnessed the wreck told officers that the victim, who was on a motorcycle, was in front of him heading south on Loop 287 in the center lane when Huerta passed the 18-wheeler in a Ford Fusion and switched lanes on top of the motorcycle near the Denman Avenue exit.

The 18-wheeler driver tried to keep Huerta on the scene, but Huerta fled on foot.

Huerta attempted to hide in a wooded area nearby but was quickly located after officers arrived.

The victim died at the scene.

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