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Houston County grand jury indicts driver in fatal alcohol-related rollover accident

Austin Catoe (Source: Houston County Jail) Austin Catoe (Source: Houston County Jail)
Brendan Galoway (Source: Facebook) Brendan Galoway (Source: Facebook)
Maraah Lopez (Source: Facebook) Maraah Lopez (Source: Facebook)

A Houston County grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old man in connection to allegations that he was behind the wheel during a fatal alcohol-related rollover wreck that occurred on FM 357 back in June.

The one-vehicle rollover wreck occurred on June 26 on FM 357 about four miles south of Kennard. According to the DPS preliminary crash investigation, Austin Cline Catoe, 18, Crockett, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet pickup north on FM 357 when he left the road. His truck rolled over and struck multiple trees.

Two passengers in the truck, 17-year-old Mariaah Lopez, and 22-year-old Brendan Galloway were killed in the wreck. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene, and Galloway was transported to HCMC, and was pronounced dead.

Haley Henry was seriously injured in the wreck.

According to the text of the indictment East Texas News obtained Friday, Austin Cline Catoe, of Crockett, was indicted on a first-degree aggravated assault charge, two second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter charges, two second-degree felony manslaughter charges, two second-degree felony aggravated assault charges, and a third-degree felony intoxication assault charge.

Collectively, Catoe’s bail amount was set at $30,000. As part of the conditions of his bail, he will be banned from consuming any alcohol. In addition, he will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he drives.

The text of the indictments state that Catoe was intoxicated at the time of the wreck and that all three of his passengers were ejected from his pickup when it rolled over. One of the indictments states that Catoe had been in a dating relationship with Lopez at the time of the wreck.

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