La. man sentenced to 11 years for intoxication manslaughter
A Louisiana man was recently sentenced by Judge Buddie Hahn in the 260th District Court to 11 years in the Texas Department of Corrections on charges of intoxication manslaughter.
Joseph Smith, 56. of Hammond, La. was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near the 872 mile marker at about 2:30 p.m. on May 18, 2009. He was driving a 1990 Chevrolet van when he drifted into the outside lane. He over corrected and steered to the left and then to the right causing the van to turn onto the driver’s side of the vehicle and begin sliding across the right lane of traffic. The van came to rest in an upright position across from the service road, according to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The victims, Chincier Clark, 19, and Shameka Williams, 24, both of Tuscaloosa, Ala., were transported to Memorial Baptist Hospital-Orange. Williams, who received non-incapacitating injuries, was treated and released. Clark died as a result of her injuries.
Smith could have been sentenced up to 20 years for the second degree felony.