Driver accused in DWI Fatality says she drank on TTU field trip - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Driver accused in DWI Fatality says she drank on TTU field trip

Jeena Elizabeth Roberts, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Jeena Elizabeth Roberts, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The 21-year-old arrested last week for a fatal accident near 4th and Buddy Holly Avenue has been arrested on new charges.

Jeena Elizabeth Roberts is back in the Lubbock County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury. Roberts was arrested on the scene after the Friday night accident for intoxication manslaughter and intoxicated assault. She bonded out Saturday night.

We have learned more about the hours leading up to that fatal crash. According to court documents, Roberts told police that she was on a field trip with the Petroleum Engineering class, and they had taken a field trip to New Mexico on the bus.

She says the professor allowed them to take alcohol on the bus to drink on their way back. She did not name the professor, for fear he would get into trouble.

According to court documents, Roberts admitted to drinking five beers and a shot of alcohol on the way back to Lubbock,

Investigators say Roberts was going as fast as 80 miles per hour last Friday when she rear-ended an SUV near 4th and Buddy Holly Avenue. Linda Smaltz, 54, was killed in the crash.

The university released a statement Thursday afternoon saying "This tragic incident is the subject of a Lubbock Police Department investigation; therefore, it would be both inappropriate and premature for us to comment at this time."

Also, the Smaltz family filed a civil suit Wednesday against Roberts, her father and his auto dealership in Houston, accusing Ms. Roberts of negligence.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow any new developments in this on-going investigation.

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