LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Lufkin Police arrested Leobardo Nieves Saturday night after an alleged drunk driving fatal accident.
According to Corporal Trent Sobolewski, the accident occurred around 9:30 PM. Nieves was driving a Ford Focus northbound on the loop when he allegedly ran a red light at Lotus Lane. The report says he broadsided and collided with a Toyota Scion crossing the loop on Lotus Lane.
The driver of the Scion, Connie McKay, 45, was killed, and a passenger was taken to a Lufkin hospital for injuries. They are in stable condition at this time.
"It's a tragedy not only the victim's family suffer from this as well, but the suspect's family too. No telling what's going to happen with him by this time this goes to trial, if it goes to trial," said Sobolewski.
After the accident, occupants of the Focus allegedly fled on foot from the scene, but Nieves was located by officers a short time afterward.
"The odor of the alcoholic beverages was on his person, was on his breath. The red, glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, the usual signs that we look for," said Sobolewski.
Nieves was arrested and charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter, a second degree felony and Intoxicated Assault, a third degree felony.
The intersection at the loop and Lotus Lane is the latest to receive red light cameras in Lufkin. They are scheduled to be turned on any day now.
Although the intersection doesn't have a huge amount of accidents, officers say that when they do happen, it's bad.
"At a right angle collision at this type of intersection is can cause fatalities and it does cause fatalities the chance of severe injury goes up when we're talking about right angles, highway speeds and that's what we're trying to curb," said Sergeant David Walker, LPD Traffic Dept.
McKay worked as a junior high reading teacher for Corrigan-Camden ISD. On Sunday, many friends on McKay's Facebook page spoke of her positive outlook and smile.