Pineland man involved in fatal wreck being charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Source: Angelina County Jail)
(Source: Angelina County Jail)

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is charging a Pineland man with criminally negligent homicide in connection to an April 28 wreck that claimed the life of an 11-year-old Jasper girl.

Sabine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton said that paperwork shows DPS is charging Samuel Ray Herrington, but a person is not formally charged until he or she is indicted by a grand jury.

He has not been booked into the Sabine County Jail yet.

No date has been set for Herrington's grand jury appearance.

The accident occurred three miles north of Brookeland on U.S. Highway 96.

Belle Richardson, 11, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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 trooper that investigated the wreck does not suspect that Herrington was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

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