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Texas Trucker Get 4 Years in Death of Girl, 11

Demetria Ratchford2 years ago

A Galveston jury has convicted a Southeast Texas truck driver of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a 11-year-old girl.

About the Trucking Accident Conviction

On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, in Galveston, Texas, 47-year-old Hector Pena was sentenced to four years in prison for the run-over death of an 11-year-old girl who was waiting at a school bus stop.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the incident occurred in September 2012, killing Christina Marie Lopez. The Southwest trucker was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

He was originally charged with manslaughter and could have received 10 years behind bars, but the jurors opted for a lesser charge.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2012, the fatality rate on Texas roadways was 1.41 deaths per hundred million miles traveled.
  • Deaths related to traffic collision increased by 10.82% in 2012, from 3,067 deaths in 2011 to 3,399 deaths in 2012.
  • There were 63,610 serious injury crashes in 2012 and 87,087 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • In 2012:
    • 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 35 minutes
    • 1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 17 seconds
    • 1 reportable crash occurred every 75 seconds
  • 1,099 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents where the driver was under the influence of alcohol. More alcohol crashes were reported in the hour between 2am and 3am than any other hour of the day. 

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