ETX man charged with negligent homicide in October crash

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 7:21pm

A Diana man has been formally charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal October 2012 crash.

Justin Echols, 30, of Diana, is accused of being behind the wheel when a pickup lost control and crashed into a tree, killing Michele Allen, 27, of Harleton. She later died from her injuries aftering being thrown from the truck and pinned underneath.

Echols left the scene on an ATV before authorities arrived. Judge Kerry Russell of the 7th Judicial Disrtict Court signed the warrant for his arrest.

The wreck took place on County Road 217 near FM 850, north of Overton on October 11.

Echols is currently in the Smith County Jail on $250,000 bond.

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