Driver indicted in fatal crash

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Woman was killed in head-on collision on Sherman Drive

A 22-year-old Grand Prairie man has been indicted by a Denton County grand jury on charges related to a collision that killed one person and injured another.

Hector Soto Jr. was indicted Thursday on charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault stemming from an accident in March on Sherman Drive in Denton, according to court records.

Aubrey resident Tessa Butler was killed late March 23 after a pickup driven by Soto collided head-on with a four-door Mazda, driven by Denton resident Roger Bryant, just north of Loop 288, according to Denton police.

Denton police spokesman Officer Ryan Grelle said at the time of the accident that Soto had crossed the center line to pass other southbound vehicles when the collision occurred.

Butler, 27, a passenger in the Mazda, was killed instantly in the accident and Bryant was airlifted to a Plano hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to reports.

Denton Fire Department officials reported that Soto’s pickup became airborne for several yards following the collision and landed on a fence post before erupting into flames. Fire officials said that at some point in the collision, Soto was ejected from his vehicle before it caught fire.

Soto was treated for his injures before he was brought to jail, police said. He is currently being held at the Denton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Denton-area attorney Sarah Roland was retained to represent Soto, according to county records. She was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Soto is expected to go before 158th District Judge Steve Burgess next month for an arraignment hearing.

MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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