On Sunday, September 2, a man from Marion was driving his Toyota Tundra
in downtown New Braunfels when he lost control of his vehicle. 28-year-old
Matthew David Hickey was travelling near the 300 block of North Seguin
St. when he drifted during a turn, sideswiped a Ford pickup truck that
was parked on the street, and hit a Ford Ranger traveling in the opposite
direction. According to police reports, he was speeding down the street
under the influence of alcohol when he caused the 3-car accident.
The driver of the Ford Ranger was a 59 year old woman whose name has not
been released. She was taken via ambulance to the University Hospital
for her injuries and is recovering.
Unfortunately, her passenger did not make it. 61-year-old Petra Hernandez
was airlifted to the same hospital for life-threatening injuries which
she sustained from the car crash. When she was at the hospital, Petra
Hernandez succumbed to her wounds and passed away.
The car that Hickey was driving was also transporting a 25-year-old man
who was injured in the crash, but did not die. Hickey had minor injuries
from the crash. He was charged with one count of intoxicated manslaughter
and two counts of intoxicated assault. The charge of intoxication manslaughter is a 2nd degree felony which carries a punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison.
The charges of
intoxicated assault are 3rd degree felonies which can draw sentences of 2 to 10 years in prison. DUI
charges are receiving much harsher sentences in the last few years, which
is why it is so important to have the best representation available.
If you have been arrested for any kind of
DUI or DWI, please
contact a dedicated DWI defense attorney in New Braunfels to discuss your case immediately.