Lufkin man charged with negligent homicide for wreck that killed 3-year-old

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office booked a 21-year-old Lufkin man into the jail on a charge of criminally negligent homicide after he turned himself in connection to a March 29 fatal accident on U.S. Highway 69 North that claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy.

Stephen Samuel was charged with criminally negligent homicide. He was released later Monday after he posted a $7,500 bail.

Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Samuel's case will soon go before an Angelina county grand jury and authorities went ahead and obtained an arrest warrant for Samuel.

Hendry said he did not know why authorities chose to arrest Samuel before a grand jury indictment could be handed down.

Three-year-old Taylor Davison died as a result of the serious injuries he suffered in the accident. He was pronounced dead on March 31, Easter Sunday. His older brother, Brylen, 5, was injured in the accident.

The accident report stated that Stephen Samuel, 21, of Lufkin, was driving a Lincoln passenger car north on Highway 69 North when he failed to yield the right of way and attempted to turn left into the parking lot of the Polk's Pick-It-Up located at 6925 Highway 69 North.

According to the report, Samuel turned into the path of a southbound black Dodge driven by Meagan Davison, 25, of Lufkin. Taylor and Brylen were also in the vehicle with her.

Samuel and Davison were taken to Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. Brylen was airlifted to a hospital in Shreveport, and Taylor was taken to Memorial and later flown to a Houston hospital.

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