Accident kills two and lands one behind bars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/18/09

Accident kills two and lands one behind bars

Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman is behind bars and two people are dead after an early morning accident that police describe as "alcohol related". Jeanne Perez, 45, is in the Lubbock County Jail Wednesday charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter after she hit a motorcycle and a pick-up truck at 19th and University.

The two people in the pick-up suffered only minor injuries, but the couple on the motorcycle both died. "Your heart has to go out to the people who died in the crash, and their families," says Earlene Bustillos with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Dwight Griffith, 27, and his 23-year-old wife Trisha were visiting Lubbock from Oklahoma when their trip took a tragic turn. Just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning a silver Mitsubishi SUV hit their Honda motorcycle. The force of the accident killed them both. Dwight Griffith died on the scene. EMS transported Trisha to University Medical Center where she also died.

"The driver of the SUV, which we believe to be at fault, was transported to covenant with minor injuries, and we do believe alcohol is going to be a factor," said Lt. Jon Caspell with the Lubbock Police Department. After some resistance from the driver, 45-year-old Jeanne Perez, investigators got a blood sample to confirm if she was driving drunk.

Drunk driving is a problem Bustillos says happens too often, "An average of one person injured approximately every minute, so every minute someone is being injured, on the average, by a drunk driver." She added all the victims, not just the two killed, will have to deal with the accident. "Parents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and co-workers. People don't think about co-workers and friends, but these people suffer a severe loss also when someone dies," she said. Deaths Bustillos says didn't have to happen.

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