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No indictment on negligent homicide: family reacts

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock County Grand Jury said there is not enough evidence to pursue felony charges against a woman involved in a deadly accident this past October.

Jury members declined to indict Candice Fox on a charge of criminally negligent homicide Tuesday. Investigators say Fox hit two motorcyclists near 87th Street and University Avenue on October 12, 2010.

49-year-old Rick Bagwell and 41-year-old Christy Winters died from their injuries. Bagwell's daughter Amanda Washington said she knows it was an accident and feels no hatred towards Fox. But she is disappointed in the outcome of the grand jury. Now her biggest hope is that the public will look out for other motorcyclists like her father.

"We drove right by the accident, and I told my boyfriend whoever was on that motorcycle, they're gone," Washington continued. "And I had no clue."

Something told Washington to watch the news that night. Police were still notifying Bagwell and Winters' family, so we didn't release their names on our newscast. The scene from the accident was all Washington needed to see.

"When I saw that bike I knew immediately that it was his," she said.

Washington ate lunch with her father earlier that day. "Honestly, what I told myself was I should have hugged him better," she said.

Police report Candice Fox failed to yield the right of way to Bagwell and Winters. Police also say Fox was knowingly driving on a suspended license. Investigators believed there was enough evidence for a charge of criminally negligent homicide, but the grand jury felt otherwise. "I don't know how else to put that she does need to serve she does need something," Washington told us.

Nine motorcyclists were killed in Lubbock in 2010. Riders became increasingly concerned that cars weren't paying close enough attention to them on the road.

A "See Us Save Us" rally was held at the crash site to promote motorcycle awareness. "I've told several family and friends no motorcycles. It's not because they don't know how to drive, it's because people in bigger cars don't pay attention," Washington said.

We reached out to Fox for a comment, but she didn't respond to our message. Last year the rally was more than 1,000 strong with motorcyclists coming in from several states.

A second rally is scheduled for May 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the South Plains Mall.

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