CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - An Alto man accepted a plea bargain sentence of two years of probation in connection to a one-vehicle rollover accident in Houston County that claimed the life of his 29-year-old passenger back in July.
Marcelo Contreras-Perez accepted the plea bargain agreement in a Houston County judicial district court on Dec. 19. With the plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminally negligent homicide.
The accident occurred just outside of Crockett on July 5. Initially, authorities thought Contreras- Perez had been killed in the accident and that he had been ejected from the vehicle. Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Contreras-Perez's ID was found at the scene of the accident.
The dead man turned out to be Usiel Ramos-Hernandez. Hendry said although Ramos-Hernandez' injuries prevented a positive match to the ID, he resembled the picture on Contreras-Perez's ID. In addition, authorities received a phone tip that Ramos-Hernandez was the only person in the vehicle when the accident occurred.
When DPS troopers arrested Contreras'-Perez they charged him with failure to stop and render aid at an accident involving death and criminally negligent homicide.
Hendry said the accident occurred about 9:45 p.m. on July 5. He said Perez was driving on State Highway 7 when the wreck occurred about 6 miles west of Crockett. Perez' 2003 Ford Explorer went off the road to the left and rolled over. Hernandez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Hendry said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the wreck, but Perez was arrested so long after the accident, that a blood alcohol test might have been inconclusive.