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Man charged in accident involving deputy

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A female Denton County sheriff’s deputy who was struck by a pickup truck while directing traffic Saturday evening near Krum remained at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Sunday in improving condition, Sheriff William Travis said.

The name of the deputy is being withheld at the request of her family, Travis said.

The Department of Public Safety has charged an Illinois man with intoxication assault causes serious bodily injury to a peace officer and driving while intoxicated in connection with the incident.

Jaime Fabela, 38, was being held in the Denton County Jail on $100,000 bond Sunday.

Causing intoxication assault to a peace officer is a second-degree felony in Texas. If convicted, Fabela could face from two to 20 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

The deputy was working off duty directing traffic on FM2450 when she was struck by a green pickup traveling southbound on the farm-to-market road, DPS spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said.

The deputy was taken by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital. Travis said that many members of the Denton County Sheriff Office have visited her.

“Please keep our deputy in your thoughts and prayers,” Travis said.

Cards and well-wishes can be sent to: Denton County Sheriff Office, 127 Woodrow Lane, Denton, Texas 76205 Attn: Classifications.

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