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INTOXICATED DRIVER INDICTED BY GRAND JURY

GALLEGOS,RODRIGOFERNANDOThe Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Rodrigo F. Gallegos, 23 who resided at 21654 Petty Road until he was relocated to the Montgomery County Jail on March 27, 2013.  He is charged with Intoxication Manslaughter, two counts of driving while intoxicated with a child under 15-years of age. With a $100,000 bond on each charge. He also is facing a failure to appear charge in Judge Mett’s Court.

On the evening of March 27,  Bryan “Ace Lackey is the National Road Captain for the San Jacinto High Rollers Motorcycle motorcycle  group  was driving west on SH 242 near Kropik.  Gallegos failed to yield right of way to him as Gallegos turned onto Kropik. A head on crash resulted. Gallegos had an infant, a 1-year-old and a female in the vehicle with him who were slightly injured. Lackey, was ejected from his motorcycle and landed close to one hundred feet away. MCHD medics and New Caney firefighters worked over thirty minutes to stabilize Lackey before he was transported to Hermann Hospital by PHI Air Medical. He died the next day.

Gallegos, who was driving a Impala was transported with the two children and adult female passenger by Montgomery County Hospital District in stable condition.

Gallegos was released late that night and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was originally  charged with Intoxication Assault and two counts of DWI With a Child Under 15-Years of Age.

That evening several Troopers were given awards for there work with the Montgomery County District Attorney Vehicular Crimes Task Force. Included in those were Trooper Peterson who in 2012 arrested 207 Intoxicated drivers. Sgt. Terry Barnhill who was chosen as accident investigator of the year. Barnhill has worked almost every crash involving intoxicated drivers for many years. Along with other fatal crashes in the county he is sometimes called out of the county to assist in not just crash investigations but other crime scenes including officer involved shootings  and serious fatal crashes.

The troopers along with sixty-eight other law enforcement officers were attending a DWI training school in Conroe. The class which was due to conclude at 5 p.m. Just a short time after they completed the class  they were called to the crash scene.

 

CRASH SCENE AT SH242 AND KROPIK , MARCH 27, 2013

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