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WOMAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH FATAL CRASH IN CONROE

Just before 10 pm Thursday night Conroe Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of South Frazier near South Loop 336 in Conroe for a reported auto-pedestrian crash. Vanessa Marie Vanatten, 38, of Conroe was driving southbound on Frazier when she left the roadway and struck Diana Chain, 56, who was walking on the shoulder, from behind. Van Atten then proceeded approximately two blocks to the Chevron Station at the South Loop and Frazier where she was apprehended. MCHD and Conroe Fire responded to the scene however Chain was deceased. Conroe Police took Van Atten to Conroe Regional Hospital for a mandatory blood draw. She was then arrested for intoxication manslaughter. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond. In December 2007 VanAtten was arrested in Montgomery County for DWI and given 1-year probation. She was also given 5-years probation in 2010 on a charge of injury to a child/elderly with intentional bodily injury. Montgomery County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Spikes responded to the scene to perform the inquest and ordered an autopsy.

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