Lufkin man accepts 10 years probation for fatal 2-vehicle accident in Garrison

Lufkin man accepts 10 years probation for fatal 2-vehicle accident in Garrison

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 24-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of probation and 180 days in the Nacogdoches County Jail for in connection to a fatal two-vehicle accident that occurred in Garrison on May 20, 2013.

Eric Allen Summey appeared in Judge Campbell Cox's 145th Judicial District courtroom Wednesday. As part of the plea bargain deal, he pleaded guilty to a felony intoxicated manslaughter charge.

Staci Armfield, 23, of Maryville, Tenn., died at the scene of the accident, which occurred near the intersection U.S. Highway 59 and FM 95.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety report, Summey was driving a 2011 GMC pickup at 5:28 a.m. when he struck the rear end of a 2007 Ford, driven by Leticia Castillo Jernigan, 51, of Garrison.

Jernigan's vehicle left the road, overturned, and struck a house, causing heavy damage to the structure.

Summey's truck also rolled over, and his passengers, Armfield and Chad Belcher, 24, of Madisonville, Tenn., were ejected from the vehicle.

Armfield was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and Summey, Belcher, and Jernigan were taken to Nacogdoches hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

According to the DPS report, neither Armfield nor Belcher was wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred.

A resident of the house damaged as a result of the accident said that an hour before Jernigan's car hit the home, she was sitting on a couch near the point of impact.

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