Lufkin man gets probation in motorcycle death of wife

Jesse Huerta mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Jesse Huerta mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man held responsible in the death of his wife pleaded guilty to the crime Friday morning.

Jesse Robert Huerta, 48, accepted a five-year probation sentence in Judge Gerald Goodwin's courtroom.

Lufkin Police arrested Huerta in August, on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter, following a motorcycle accident in June.

Lufkin Police obtained a warrant after their investigation of the crash that occurred around 12:15 a.m. on June 3. The wreck at the intersection of East Frank Avenue and Lufkin Avenue killed Huerta's wife, 42-year-old Maria Huerta.

Huerta, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, with his wife riding on the seat behind him. Police said he lost control and entered a landscaped median, striking some shrubbery before flipping the motorcycle.

Maria was transported to Memorial Hospital where she died.

The arrest affidavit stated around midnight, the couple had left a Lufkin nightclub and were headed home when they crashed.

Neither were wearing a helmet at the time.

Officers at the scene said Huerta smelled of alcohol. He was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the wreck, and he willingly provided a blood sample.  Results showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .18.

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