Jury finds Isaacks not guilty of intoxication manslaughter
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A jury has found a Lubbock woman not guilty of intoxication manslaughter.
The crash happened just after 6:40 a.m. on December 28, 2014.
Police said 20-year-old Lexi Isaacks crashed into Alex Flores' vehicle, which was stopped at a red light near Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Avenue.
Flores, 48, died at the scene.
Immediately following the accident, an officer interviewed Isaacks about the moments leading up to the deadly crash.
The court heard the audio interview where Isaacks told the officer she left work around 2:30 a.m. and headed to a house party in Wolfforth.
While at the party, she told the officer she had a beer and two shots.
The officer told the court he smelled alcohol on her breath during that interview.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety forensic scientist's analysis, Isaack's blood alcohol concentration measured .18 percent.
However, Isaack's defense team argued they took that blood test hours after the crash.
The defense team brought in an expert witness who said he believed Isaacks was not legally intoxicated at the time of the accident.
"He had five internationally known experts that all concluded in his computer program that she would have been under, and the state did nothing to rebut that," said one of Isaack's defense attorneys, Mark Thiessen.
In the interview with the officer, Isaacks said she tried to brake and swerve to avoid hitting Flores' vehicle, but it was too late.
She told the officer she took full responsibility for the crash.
Flores 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.
Thiessen said they want to offer their condolences to the Flores family.
Thiessen said Issacks wants to be a substance abuse counselor and actively works with Alcoholics Anonymous.
"She speaks around the state in AA. She goes to high schools and counsels kids about the dangers of drinking and driving," Thiessen said.
The prosecutor in the case declined to comment at this time.
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