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Grand Jury Indicts 2 On Intoxication Manslaughter

A Montgomery County grand jury returned indictments this week against two men for Intoxication Manslaughter.

Brian Drew Goetz, 21, of Magnolia is charged with two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter and one count of Intoxication Assault in connection with an October 26, 2012 crash that killed two of his friends and seriously injured a third.

Police say Goetz’s truck was northbound on Nichols-Sawmill Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck left the roadway and crashed through a fence. First responders arrived to find bystanders performing CPR on 19-year-old Tori Tabor of Magnolia. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Kevin Hanson, 20, of Magnolia was the right front passenger. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected almost 20 feet into the woods. He was transported and pronounced dead at Tomball Hospital. Audrey Trent, 20, of Magnolia was in the center of the front seat. She was wearing a seatbelt, but suffered traumatic injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Goetz was found sitting in the ditch near the crashed pickup. He was transported by Northwest EMS to Houston Northwest Medical Center in stable condition.

Investigating DPS Sgt. Schneider interviewed Goetz at the hospital and detected a strong odor of alcohol and other indicators of intoxication. Goetz admitted he had been drinking. A mandatory blood draw showed his blood alcohol level was .184, over twice the legal limit.

At the scene Troopers recovered an open “Coors Lite” cardboard container along with several empty beer cans of the same brand. Troopers also found a cardboard container used for packaging wine coolers near the front bumper of the vehicle.

Robert Shawn Kendall, 26, of Moultrie Georgia is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter in connection with a deadly October 14, 2012 crash.

Around 10:45 p.m. that Sunday evening, North Montgomery County Fire Department and Montgomery County Hospital District medics responded to a major accident on Longstreet Road, west of Willis. They arrived to find a 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup had failed to negotiate a curve and struck several trees.

One of the passengers was out of the vehicle and walking when crews arrived. He was transported in stable condition. However, 48-year-old Sheryl Gross of Willis was already deceased.

The driver, Robert Kendall, was trapped inside the vehicle and fire crews had to cut through the doors to remove him. Kendall was in critical condition. Once stabilized, PHI Air Medical transported him to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he recovered.

Investigators found alcohol on the scene and tests determined Kendall was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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