LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Texas Tech student is now out on bond following a weekend fatal accident that took the life of Linda Smaltz, 54.
It happened Friday night just after 7 p.m. on 4th street between Buddy Holly and Avenue L. Jeena Elizabeth Roberts, 21, was driving a Chrysler 300 east when police say she rear ended a Ford SUV. Roberts is charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxicated assault.
Police say that Roberts was speeding and the impact pushed both vehicles and flipped the SUV which hit the concrete barrier. Both vehicles crossed over the median and into the blocked-off side of the road. Police say Smaltz was wearing her seatbelt, but at some point the back seat of the SUV broke and ejected her.
Because of the construction for the Marsha Sharp Freeway, the speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour. Police say witnesses who saw the accident estimate Roberts speed between 75 and 80 miles per hour. Lubbock police believe the SUV was going 35 mph. The exact speeds of both vehicles will be determined through the investigation.
A second passenger who was sitting in the back seat of the SUV, Karen Wolf, 52, was partially ejected as well and was transported to University Medical Center with serious injuries but is listed in stable condition. The driver and a third passenger in the SUV suffered only minor injuries.
Roberts was taken into custody and her passenger, also a Tech student, suffered minor injuries. Roberts was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center.
A Texas Tech campus directory lists Roberts as a current engineering student. Her combined bond for both intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault was set at $8,500.
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