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Driver in Sabine Co. fatality previously convicted in intoxicated death

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Samuel Herrington (Source: Angelina County Jail) Samuel Herrington (Source: Angelina County Jail)

A Jasper girl died after the vehicle she was riding in crashed into another vehicle which had turned in front of hers Sunday afternoon in Sabine County.

Belle Richardson, 11, died at 2 p.m. at the scene, located on US 96, three miles north of Brookeland.

According to the DPS report, Belle was a passenger in a 2010 Toyota Corolla, driven by Brittiany Morgan Richardson, of Jasper. Richardson was driving northbound on US 96 and crashed into a southbound 2007 Dodge Ram 3500, driving by Samuel Ray Herrington, of Pineland, who tried to turn left onto FM 201.

Belle was not wearing a seatbelt. Richardson was injured and is listed in stable condition with lacerations at a Jasper hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt. Bridgette Richardson, 6, was another passenger in the vehicle and is listed in critical condition at a Shreveport hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt.

Herrington was not injured.

Herrington had been out of prison since 2009 on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter. According to a previous report, Herrington was high on cocaine when he crashed into Stacey Bryan, a basketball and track star at Zavalla High School.

DPS spokesman David Hendry said the investigating trooper does not suspect Herrington was not intoxicated, but that he is being investigated for criminally negligient homicide, which will be turned over to the district attorney's office for the grand jury to review.

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