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Zavalla family not surprised man who killed daughter in wreck has done it again

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Samuel Herrington (Source: Angelina County Jail) Samuel Herrington (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Sabine Co. fatality (Source: ToledoChronicle.com) Sabine Co. fatality (Source: ToledoChronicle.com)
Lynn and Deborah Bryan Lynn and Deborah Bryan
Stacey Bryan Stacey Bryan

On November 21, 2004, Samuel Herrington passed 16-year-old Stacey Bryan in a no-passing zone on highway 147 in Zavalla. According to a previous report, he was high on cocaine when he crashed into Bryan who was killed.

Years later Herrington was involved in another fatality. On Sunday afternoon, an 11-year-old Jasper girl died in a two vehicle wreck in Sabine County. While authorities don't believe he was intoxicated this time, he was ruled at fault.

According to the DPS report, 11-year-old Belle Richardson 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, driven by Samuel Ray Herrington, of Pineland, who tried to turn left onto FM 201.

"When I first heard about the fatality in Sabine County, I was thinking how many more kids is he going to have to kill before they get him off the road. I feel for the family because I know they were going through exactly what we went through in 2004," Deborah Bryan said. "It's just horrible."

Deborah and Lynn Bryan were not surprised to hear about Herrington's involvement in a second fatality. When their daughter was killed by him almost a decade ago they had one goal.

"To get him off the road," Deborah said.

In 2006, Herrington served three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter. He was released in 2009 and only his CDL was suspended. The Bryan's wish he would have lost all rights to driving.

"I do because look what has happened," Deborah said.

Former attorney Scott Taylor for the Bryan family also discovered these two fatalities aren't the only wrecks Herrington has been involved in.

"We found out from out attorney he hit a lady in Kennard. She was basically doing the same as Stacey was," Lynn Bryan said. "She was turning off and he tried to go around her."

Taylor said the accident in downtown Kennard happened in March of 2004. The woman was hit head on by Herrington traveling on SH 7. This accident happened eight months before Stacey Bryan was killed in Zavalla. During the Zavalla fatality, Herrington's 18-wheeler hit Bryan and continued to travel 150 yards into the woods.

"It didn't make sense to us why he would be over there to start with and then when we got the toxicology back we knew what he was doing," Lynn said. "After he pleaded guilty, I was hoping he felt some kind of sorrow or something. And maybe even apologize."

The Bryan's are hoping justice will be served for Sunday's fatality.

"I would wish for life but I don't think they will because he keeps getting off with everything he does as kind of like a slap on the wrist," Deborah said.

KTRE reached out to Samuel Herrington Tuesday at his residence in Pineland to hear his side of the story about the recent fatality, but he refused to make any comments. Herrington is being investigated for criminally negligent homicide.

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