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Texas Doctor Agrees to Plea Bargain in Manslaughter Case

Danielle Dougall2 years ago

Texas doctor Allan Nickel has agreed to a plea bargain after being indicted with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of 28-year-old psychology-doctorate student Kristen Salerno.

About the Texas Manslaughter Case Ruling

The Eagle News reported that 65-year-old doctor Allan Nickel has accepted a plea bargain this week for vehicular manslaughter. Previously, Nickel, a kidney specialist, had accepted a two-year deferred adjudication plea for obstruction of a highway, a class B misdemeanor. The ruling requires Nickel to serve two years on probation, pay a $2,000 fine, and complete 200 hours of community service.

Salerno reportedly died on the scene of the accident after Nickel, who was traveling East in his Toyota Prius, drifted into the westbound lane and struck the driver’s side of Salerno’s four-door Toyota. Salerno was on her way to work in Temple, Texas when the accident occurred.

In August 2013, Nickel was charged with manslaughter for “entering the oncoming lane of traffic in an unsafe manner without maintaining a proper lookout.”

Salerno’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Nickel and his defendant Scott & White Healthcare in March of 2013. According to the lawsuit statement, Nickel recklessly caused the death of Salerno and was careless in his failure to employ his brakes in a timely manner, maintain control of his vehicle and keep his vehicle in the proper lane. The suit also asserts that Nickel was “driving while distracted” by a cellphone or other electronic device.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013.
  • This marked a 1.05% decrease in auto accidents since 2012.
  • In addition, 232,041 people reported being injured in a Texas traffic collision in 2013, with 89,270 of those people reporting serious injuries.


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