Intoxication manslaughter: Woman on trial after crash killed Afghanistan veteran

Intoxication manslaughter: Woman on trial after crash killed Afghanistan veteran
Alex Flores (Source: Family members)
Alex Flores (Source: Family members)
Alex Flores in Afghanistan (Source: Family Members)
Alex Flores in Afghanistan (Source: Family Members)
Alex Flores was killed in a crash on Dec. 28, 2014 (Source: KCBD)
Alex Flores was killed in a crash on Dec. 28, 2014 (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An intoxication manslaughter trial has begun for a woman accused of killing a man during a crash in December of 2014.

The crash happened near Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Ave. around 6:45 a.m. on December 28, 2014.

Police say Alex Flores, 48, was stopped at a red light when Lexi Nicole Isaacks, who was 20 years old at the time, failed to stop and crashed into Flores' vehicle.

Flores was pronounced dead at the scene, and Isaacks was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. She was in jail until March 2015, where she was released from the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Alex was a father of two and an Afghanistan veteran. He served two years in the Navy and then became a private security contractor, spending 2003 to 2011 overseas.

"I hope she understands the consequences of the person she took from us… the person that she took from our family," said A.B. Cantu, Alex's nephew in an interview in 2014.

"We missed him when he was overseas because he could only come back for like two weeks," said Alex's son, A.J. Flores, "but we always knew he was over there supporting us. He did what he did so he could take care of his family."

Jury selection began Monday and testimony began on Tuesday.

Testimony started with an accident investigator who responded to the crash taking the stand.

They played his initial interview with Isaacks following the deadly accident.

In the interview, she admitted to drinking prior to the crash.

In the audio recording from the interview, she said she didn't see the red light until it was too late and says she tried to swerve to avoid hitting Flores' truck.

They also played the dash cam footage from the field sobriety test.

While the accident investigator was on the stand he said he noticed Isaacks lose her balance and hop during these tests.

The defense began questioning the officer, arguing that Isaacks was fast and coherent answering all questions during the initial interview without staggering over her words.

The officer says he based his findings on what he called the totality of evidence, meaning everything he observed led him to arrest Isaacks for a DWI that morning.

A different officer was called to the witness stand.

This officer drove Isaacks from the scene to UMC for the alcohol blood test.

This officer said he smelled alcohol when taking Isaacks out of the police car and into UMC.

The defense argued this piece of information was not in his report and says it should have been.

The prosecution claimed it was not that officer's focus to detect signs of intoxication.

Testimony continues on Wednesday.

Isaacks is charged with a second-degree felony and faces two to 20 years in prison if convicted. She is also eligible for probation.

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