CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a 22-year-old man on a felony accident involving death charge in connection to allegations that he left the scene of a fatal rollover wreck that occurred on U.S. Highway 287 back in October of 2016.
Christian Cardenas-Montoya, of Honduras, was among the nine people indicted by the Houston County grand jury earlier this month.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the wreck occurred about two miles north of Crockett on Highway 287 on Oct. 28, 2016. A press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that the preliminary Crash investigation shows that Francis William Seeley, of Crockett, was driving a 2006 Mercury Mariner south on US 287 when he came upon a 2005 Ford pickup that had stopped in the road near a construction crew that was off the highway.
Seeley tried to avoid hitting the Ford by talking evasive action to the right, and he was ejected when his SUV rolled over, the press release stated. Justice of the Peace Ronnie Jordan pronounced Seeley dead at the scene.
After the wreck, Montoya, the driver of the Ford pickup, left the scene. He was later located in Crockett.
Montoya was originally arrested for failure to stop and render aid, which is a felony, and taken to the Houston County Jail.
The Houston County grand jury also indicted a 52-year-old Crockett man on two aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.
Frederick Fitzgerald Scott was arrested back in October of 2016 after he allegedly threatened a group of people with a machete and then hit several individuals with his car.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched out to the 100 block of George Briggs at about 10:51 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2016, in reference to a group of people that had been hot by a white, 4-door car. While the officer was on his way to the scene, he learned that Scott was the driver and the car was a white Nissan with the back bumper missing.
At the scene, the Crockett PD saw a large group of people gathered around what appeared to be several victims. After clearing part of the crowd, the officer was able to gather information for two out of the three victims.
The Crockett PD officer learned from witnesses at the scene that Scott had been drinking most of the day and had been threatening people with a machete, the affidavit stated. When he was told to leave, Scott allegedly got into his car and started to drive toward a large group gathered on the street.
"He then began to drive erratically and uncontrollably at which time people began running to try and get out of the way," the affidavit stated. "The vehicle then slammed into two of the victims, causing internal injuries and abrasions which were later treated at the Houston County Medical Center."
After the officer got a description of what Scott was wearing, he tried to locate him. A few hours later, another Crockett PD officer located the vehicle matching the witnesses' descriptions at a home in the 900 block of Foster Street. When the officer tried to talk to Scott, he saw him sleeping heavily inside the home, the affidavit stated.
The officer who responded to the initial call took pictures of the car and noticed a machete in the car's passenger seat, the affidavit stated.
Also among those indicted by the Houston County grand jury was Kevin James Woolbright, 33, of Crockett. Woolbright was indicted on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in connection to allegations that he threw a bottle at a woman and then chased her around her car with a machete in his hand.
Andrew Wayne Green, 30, of Houston, was indicted on a robbery charge in connection to allegations that he robbed the SNS gas station and convenience store in Crockett back in November of 2016.