20-year-old Charged in Intoxication Manslaughter Crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/13/06

20-year-old Charged in Intoxication Manslaughter Crash

Authorities have learned what happened just seconds before Friday night's fatal crash that took the life of a Texas Tech Student and where the suspected drunk driver was coming from. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel explains how someone tried to stop the crash before it happened.

It was an EMS driver that was on 34th and the West Loop the night of the crash. There wasn't a lot of traffic, and he actually saw Erin Reagan driving on the wrong side of the road coming down that over pass. He tried to stop her, but he was too late. A second later, he was the only witness to a fatal car wreck.

Police say the Explorer was going the wrong way and hit the other driver head on. And even the officers on the scene looked in disbelief as two cars sat mangled on the West Loop.

From the beginning, police believed alcohol was involved. Police say the driver, 20-year-old Erin Reagan had a blood alcohol level of .147, nearly twice the legal limit. Sources say Reagan told police that she had been at a friend's house before the crash. But that still leaves many unanswered questions about who provided the alcohol to an underage adult.

Erin Reagan's license says she lives in Midland. But the night of the crash, she was taken to jail. Six hours later, she posted her $10,000 bond, only having to pay 10% up-front which means she was released after paying a thousand dollars.

NewsChannel 11 contacted Reagan's attorney, and he told us they did not want to make a comment at this time. Reagan is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter.

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