Lubbock woman pleads guilty to intoxication manslaughter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/10

Lubbock woman pleads guilty to intoxication manslaughter

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Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman pleads guilty to a charge of intoxication manslaughter. Jeanne Perez, 46, pleaded guilty in open court Thursday.

Perez was charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter after she hit a motorcycle and a pick-up truck at 19th and University in March of 2009. The two people in the pick-up suffered only minor injuries, but the couple on the motorcycle both died.

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. that 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 later 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, at the time of the accident. After some resistance from Perez, investigators got a blood sample to confirm if she was driving drunk.

The guilty plea in open court means that there is no promise of a reduced sentence in exchange for her guilty plea. She is expected to be sentenced in September.

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