JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Jasper County grand jury has indicted a 47-year-old Groves woman in connection to a fatal two-vehicle accident that occurred on US Highway 96 near Kirbyville in January of 2015.
Shelly Chapman was indicted on a felony criminally negligent homicide charge. She was arraigned on the charge on March 19, 2015.
Joseph Burnett, 73, of Newton, died at Jasper Memorial Hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident on Jan. 26, 2015.
According to a press release, the two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 1:35 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Highway 96 and County Road 443 in Jasper County. The wreck was about two miles north of Kirbyville.
A 2003 Mazda pickup driven by Burnett was traveling northbound on Highway 96 when he slowed down to make a right turn onto CR 443, according to the press release. His truck was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevrolet driven by Chapman.
Burnett was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital. Chapman, who had non-life-threatening injuries was also taken to the same hospital.
Chapman was given a ticket for failure to control speed.