Angelina Co. grand jury indicts driver in 1-vehicle crash that killed 1, injured another

Angelina Co. grand jury indicts driver in 1-vehicle crash that killed 1, injured another
Christopher Smith (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Christopher Smith (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kwame Chavis (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kwame Chavis (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Tiffany Alexander (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Tiffany Alexander (Source: Angelina County Jail)
James Cook (Source: Angelina County Jail)
James Cook (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 29-year-old Lufkin man who is accused of causing an alcohol-related accident on July 19, 2015, that killed one person and seriously injured another.

Daniel Lee Martin was indicted on two felony charges - intoxication manslaughter and intoxicated assault. His bail amount was set at $7,500.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Martin was driving south on U.S. Highway 69 North. Just after 6 a.m. on July 19, 2015, something happened as he approached FM 706, causing his 2008 Dodge Nitro to leave the roadway and roll over.

An ambulance took Martin to Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. According to a press release, DPS determined Martin was under the influence of alcohol.

Martin had two passengers in his car: brothers Michael Robert Mariana, 27, and Justin James-Lee Mariana, 23.

A DPS spokesperson said Justin was killed in the crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:08 a.m.

His brother, Michael, was flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler with serious injuries.

The grand jury also indicted Christopher Blaise Smith, 30, of Orange, on two sexual assault of a child charges. Smith is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, and his bail amount has been set at $100,000.

Capt. Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said that the 14-year-old alleged victim and an adult came to the sheriff's office to make an outcry about the sexual assault in early February.

Smith once lived near the girl's family. Lenderman said the girl told authorities that Smith sexually assaulted her twice.

After ACSO investigators got a warrant for Smith's arrest, Jefferson County Sheriff's office deputies arrested him and transported him back to Lufkin. Lenderman said that Smith had been doing crane work in the Beaumont area when he was arrested.

Kwame Diaquam Chavis, 22, of Diboll, was indicted on a felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury charge and two injury to a child charges in connection to allegations accidentally struck and injured a 6-week-old baby who had been sleeping in the same bed with him after he had smoked marijuana laced with cocaine.

He's still being held in the Angelina County Jail, and his bail amount has been set at $50,000.

The grand jury also indicted Tiffany Nicole Alexander, 26, of Lufkin, on a possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver charge and an improper photography or recording charge.

Alexander was booked into the county jail on Oct. 31, 2015, and she was released on Feb. 11. The grand jury set her bail amount at $50,000.

Back in November of 2015, Alexander was one of three suspects arrested as a result of a traffic stop conducted by Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, and Diboll Police Department officers.

The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and several pistols.

Alexander's improper photography charge was unrelated to the drug charge. She was arrested in May of 2015 for allegedly posting nude pictures of her ex-husband's current girlfriend on Facebook without the woman's permission.

James Michael Cook, 50, of Lufkin, was indicted on an injury to the disabled charge in connection to allegations that he got angry and threw his ex-wife out of her wheelchair in the Kmart parking lot in March, injuring her.

Cook is still being held in the county jail, and his bail amount was set at $25,000.

Also indicted was Damarcus Antwan Herring, 32, of Lufkin. Herring was indicted for injury to a child after he was arrested for allegedly getting into an argument with his girlfriend while she was holding her 1-year-old child and pushing her down.

The 1-year-old girl was injured when her leg got caught in the storm door's self-closing mechanism, according to an arrest affidavit.

Herring was booked into the county jail on March 10, and he was released on March 15 after he posted a bail amount of $5,500.

The grand jury also indicted Devi Elizabeth Pike, of Lufkin, on an injury to the elderly charge. Pike is accused of going to a neighbor's house to pick up her things, taking the woman's cane, and hitting her with it. The woman received injuries to her left hand and arm.

Pike was booked into the county jail on Sept. 19, 2014, and she was released two days later after she posted a bail amount of $5,000.

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