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Justin Echols charged with criminally negligent homicide in death of ETX woman

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Justin Echols, 30, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Michelle Allen, 27, of Harleton, Texas. The charge was filed on December 20, 2012.

The wreck that caused Allen's death happened around 5:30p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012, on CR 217, north of Farm to Market Road 850 in Smith County.

On October 11, 2012, a Smith County Judge signed a warrant for the arrest of Justin Echols, who officials say fled the scene of a fatal crash.

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Kerry Russell signed the warrant for Echols, charging him with accident involving personal injury or death. That's a third degree felony. 

Officials on the scene of the crash said Allen and a man named Justin Echols were in a Ford F-350 truck and lost control going around a curve, hitting a tree. Firefighters believe Echols got on the ATV and went down the road, crashed that vehicle and fled on foot.

Allen was ejected and pinned underneath the truck. She died from her injuries. 

Echols' bond is set at $250,000.

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