Auto-ped crash leaves one dead, driver charged with intoxication manslaughter

Published 10:16 am Friday, July 31, 2015

An auto-pedestrian accident Thursday night in Jefferson County has left one woman dead and a driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The accident happened about 8:40 p.m. July 30 on Lawhon Road near Candlelight Road.
A 2008 Dodge pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Lawhon and, according to the driver, there was a group of people walking near the edge of the roadway and in the grass, so he moved to the center of the road. As he moved to the center of the roadway, he did not realize that there were other people walking in the middle of the roadway and he struck two of the pedestrians, according to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The two pedestrians, Maxine Comeaux, 19 and her 20-year-old sister Marquida Comeaux, both from Fannett, were both transported to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont with serious head injuries.  The driver, Marcus Deshotel, 34, of Beaumont, was not injured.
Maxine Comeaux was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m. on July 30 by doctors at the hospital. The other sister, Marquida Comeaux was treated and released from the hospital.
The driver of the Dodge has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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