Waxahachie resident Laura Michele Mayeaux, 49, was arrested Wednesday by Waxahachie police on charges stemming from a three-vehicle crash, with the alleged intent to possibly take her own life on April 1.
Mayeaux drove her Chevrolet Suburban into an oncoming semi-truck on Interstate 35E. The collision resulted in a three-vehicle crash involving the two vehicles and a pickup truck in the northbound lanes. Police responded to the major accident at the 397 exit. Mayeaux turned herself into detectives Wednesday morning, said Lt. Todd Woodruff, Waxahachie Police Department 's criminal investigation division supervisor.
Mayeaux was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 1:59 p.m. She has been charged with deadly conduct, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content level greater than or equal to 0.15 and criminal mischief greater than or equal to $1,500 but less than $20,000 with bonds totaling $14,000. Mayeaux has since bonded out of the detention center.
“The preliminary information that we have is that a Suburban was southbound in the northbound lane, traveling the wrong way, pulled out in front of the semi and was struck,” said Sgt. Mike Lewis, with Waxahachie Police Department, at the time of the accident.“We believe the driver of the Suburban to be intoxicated. She has admitted that she was trying to commit suicide. She was going at a very slow speed and as soon as the semi came, she pulled out in front of it.”
Police found an open alcohol container at the scene, said Lt. Ron Turbeville, with Waxahachie Police Department, in a previous Daily Light article published April 2.
Following the collision, Mayeaux was flown by a CareFlite medical helicopter to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Woodruff reported on April 2.
Paramedics also treated two occupants in the pickup truck and the driver of the semi-truck involved, Turbeville said in the article.
A detective served a blood warrant to Mayeaux at the hospital, according to the article. The blood sample was sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime lab in Garland.
Semi-truck driver Jack Rivera, who was driving behind the vehicles involved in the crash, captured the whole incident on a dash camera and days after the crash was watching the video repeatedly, trying to make sense of it all.
“I was behind the truck when it got hit. He just passed by me on the highway. He moved in front of me and seconds after that is when he got hit,” Rivera said in a previous Daily Light article published April 4. “It is disturbing because when I found out that the lady was trying to commit suicide it made me think. It made me think, because that truck had passed by me. If that truck hadn’t passed by me, that could be me.”
Once Rivera came to a stop, he got out of his truck to see he could help any of the people involved in the crash. Rivera provided a copy of the video recorded by his dash camera to law enforcement and later shared the video with the Waxahachie Daily Light. It's unclear at this time if the video helped with the charges filed.
“My first thought is what just happened. I was in disbelief. I didn’t know what to think to be honest. I have never seen anything like that. I have never seen anything so deliberate,” Rivera said in the article.