LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Jody Wayne Jones was indicted by a Lubbock Grand Jury on Tuesday, charged with manslaughter in the death of 43-year-old Tracie Scofield.
Scofield was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened back on Dec. 13, 2017.
Jones is accused of operating a motor vehicle recklessly, failing to control speed, failing to keep a proper lookout, operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failing to control the vehicle, failing to turn right, failing to apply the brakes in a timely manner and failing to properly maneuver the vehicle to avoid a collision, resulting in the death of Scofield.
Just before midnight at 11:56 p.m. on Dec. 13, officers received a call about a motorcycle accident on the West Loop 289 access road near 41st Street.
Officers found the female passenger, Scofield, with life-threatening injuries. She was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center.
Officers on the scene arrested the driver, 38-year-old Jody Jones, for intoxication assault.
Due to the severity of the passenger's injuries, officers with the Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene. Through their initial investigation, it appears the motorcycle was traveling northbound in the 4100 block of the West Loop 289 access road in the right lane. Preliminary information indicates the motorcycle was in a turn only lane and struck a concrete median as it continued traveling north.
Scofield was thrown from the motorcycle when the motorcycle collided with the median.
Jones was praised for his heroism in a separate incident when he pulled a young boy from a burning truck back on May 3, 2018.