An Ellis County grand jury has indicted a Fort Worth man on a second-degree felony charge of manslaughter.
Ronnie Tarpley, 50, was the driver of a tractor-trailer that ran a stop sign at the intersection of Saint Paul and U.S. Highway 287, according to a Mansfield Police Department report relating to the Dec. 9 accident, which occurred in Ellis County.
“He caused a collision with a Ford 150 pickup, and the passenger in the pickup died,” chief felony prosecutor Don Maxfield said, identifying the deceased as JoAnn Kathleen Miller-Young, 65, of Venus.
The indictment alleges Tarpley was “reckless” for failing to keep a proper lookout, failure to properly control his vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield the right of way, driving a vehicle without the rest required and driving with defective operating and safety equipment.
Manuel Sifuentes, 24, of Dallas was indicted on two third-degree felony charges: intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid relating to a Dec. 23 accident.
The first indictment alleges Sifuentes was driving while intoxicated and collided with another vehicle and injuring its occupant in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near the Forreston exit.
Assault of a public servant
Alejandro Marisio Angel, 30, of California faces two chages: resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant relating to a traffic stop March 31 near Italy.
Angel was the passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped by Italy police. After the driver was taken into custody on a driving while intoxicated charge, Angel refused to get out of the vehicle, according to court documents, which also indicate he had a knife.
A struggle ensued, according to the documents, which indicate Angel was subsequently taken into custody.
Alberto Hernandez, 35, of Ennis was indicted on securing the execution of a document by deception, $20,000 or more.
“This has to do with fraud in obtaining a home loan that is guaranteed by the federal government,” Maxfield said of the case which was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.