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Pollok man pleads guilty to killing friend, injuring another in drunk-driving wreck

Issac Tucker (Source: Angelina County Jail) Issac Tucker (Source: Angelina County Jail)

A Pollok man has pleaded guilty to killing one friend and injuring another in a drunk-driving accident.

Isaac Jacob Tucker, 21 pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault. A jury is now hearing testimony to determine his punishment.

According to a previous report, Tucker was driving a 1995 Lexus southbound on U.S. 69 North, a mile south of FM 843, at 12:35 a.m. on Feb 8,when he crossed the center line and struck an 18-wheeler head-on.

One of Tucker's passengers, Nicholas Zayne Anthony, 19, of Lufkin, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:40 a.m. Another passenger, Ryan Walton, 19, of Pollok, was taken to a Tyler hospital with serious injuries.

Tucker also suffered serious injuries.

District Attorney Clyde Herrington began with a detailed description of the accident explaining that the driver of the 18-wheeler, Michael Sutton, didn't have time to react with Tucker's swerving vehicle.

All of the passengers in the car were under 21 and all had been drinking. Herrington said the evidence shows all were intoxicated.

Defense attorney Jerry Whiteker responded saying everyone in the car was around the same age, doing the same thing. He continued saying Tucker has accepted full responsibility and is remorseful. He believes the evidence will show that his client deserves a second chance.

Eighteen-wheeler driver Michael  Sutton was the first witness called to the stand. Sutton said the only other vehicles in the area at the time of the accident was a FedEx truck. He said the truck swerved into the middle lane and all he saw were headlights heading in his direction from the southbound lane.

Sutton said his truck weighed about 78,000 pounds at the time of the accident and lost control of the vehicle crossing four lanes of traffic before coming to a stop.

Sutton broke down on the stand when Herrington showed him pictures of the accident that night.

After the accident, Sutton said he went through seven months of physical therapy for his neck and back.

Ray Finely Jr., a paramedic and firefighter with Lufkin Fire Department, was working a 24-hour shift at Station Number Five when he was called to the wreck.

He described the scene as a vehicle with two disoriented people and what appeared to be a deceased passenger.

Finely said his partnered assessed Tucker and Walton, who were in the front of the car. He assessed the deceased and said Anthony had a severe injury to the head and had flatlined.

Finely said this accident was one of the worst he'd seen in his 12 years of service.

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