WAXAHACHIE — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a three-vehicle wreck that sent four people to area hospitals, including a Waxahachie firefighter, was indicted by an Ellis County Grand Jury.
Waxahachie resident Heather Denae Brockway, 37, was indicted on two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury and aggravated assault causing bodily injury.
The indictment was handed down June 14.
According to the indictments, Brockway allegedly operated a vehicle while intoxicated that resulted in a collision and caused injury to the victims. The indictments stated that Brockway failed to stop at a red light, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control speed and was under the influence of alcohol. These elements are listed as contributing factors in the accident in the indictment
According to the original Daily Light report, Waxahachie Police were toned out to a call of a major accident about 8 p.m. at the U.S. Highway 77 and the U.S. Highway 287 service road on Dec. 20, 2016.
Waxahachie Police Officer Derrick Young said at the time, “it is possible that alcohol played a part” in the accident but “that part is still under investigation.”
Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby confirmed, at the time, that Brockway was the driver of a white pickup truck that first struck an SUV, which then hit a WFD fire-rescue vehicle.
Young stated previously that the pickup truck was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 77 at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported to police that the pickup truck ran the red light just before the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and the U.S. Highway 287 service road.
“The SUV was coming off the service road with a green light and the fire (vehicle) was parked at the red light,” Young said. “The pickup hit the SUV first, which then the pickup run into the fire (vehicle), which caused the pickup to roll over and it was on its side.”
Goolsby said intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury is a third-degree felony. It has a punishment range of two to 10 years and a person may be fined up to $10,000. The charge of aggravated assault causing bodily injury is a second-degree felony. This charge carries a punishment of no more than 20 years and not less than two years and a person may be fined up to $10,000.
According to Ellis County District Clerks website, Brockway was given a $25,000 bond on Dec. 21, 2016. The Wayne McCollum Detention Center no longer lists Brockway as an inmate at the facility.
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