Note: The two people killed have been identified since this news clip as Christopher Little and Edythe Lewis.
UPDATE (1:00 P.M.) – Tyler police say that the mini-van driver who caused a wreck with a motorcycle that killed two Arp residents has received a citation for the incident, but will not face any additional criminal charges.
Public Information Officer Andy Erbaugh said in an interview with KETK News that the driver has received a ticket for “Failure to Yield Right of Way” for the wreck at the intersection of New Copeland Road and Loop 323 Saturday night.
He also revealed that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash for any of the three people involved. The wreck killed 52-year-old Christopher Little and 48-year-old Edythe Lewis. The driver of the minivan’s name was not released.
Erbaugh explained that there is no “vehicular manslaughter” charge in Texas as there are in other states. For car accidents that involve drugs or alcohol, an intoxicated manslaughter charge could be filed, which was the case after a motorcycle wreck on Broadway Ave. in Tyler killed two people last year.
With that in mind, the only charge potentially left for detectives, according to Erbaugh, is “criminally negligent homicide.” In Texas, this charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Erbaugh said that the threshold to reach this charge in this kind of case is high and would be very hard to prove.
The maximum fine for a “Failure to Yield Right of Way” ticket in Texas is $4,000.
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The two people killed Saturday night in Tyler from a motorcycle wreck have been identified as Arp residents by Tyler police.
48-year-old Edythe Lewis and 52-year-old Christopher Little were killed at the intersection of New Copeland Road and ESE Loop 323.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene after the motorcycle struck a mini-van that failed to yield while turning left.
The motorcycle was traveling west on ESE Loop 323 with a green light, when the mini van traveling east on ESE Loop 323 attempted to turn on New Copeland Road on a blinking yellow light.