Guilty plea in fatal Hwy 6 crash


Sentencing will come at a later date for Savannah Cardoza  of Speegleville who Monday entered guilty pleas to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault in connection with a 2016 traffic crash that left a truck driver dead.

Cardoza entered the plea in 19th District Court.

She was just 17-years old when she was arrested.

The crash occurred November 3, 2016 on the northbound side of Highway 6 just north of the twin bridges across Lake Waco.

Waco Police Department Sergeant Patrick Swanton said at the time that the accident occurred as a car driven by Cardoza was going south in the northbound lanes and collided head on with a second passenger car occupied by two people.

An 18-wheeler carrying a load of glycerin was approaching the accident site with the truck driver taking evasive action to avoid crashing into the cars.

He lost control of the truck, which rolled over.

The driver of the truck, identified as 54-year-old Donald Lawrence Ray of Weatherford, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cardoza and the occupants of the other car were all transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital for treatment of injuries.

A police statement said detectives had determined that Cardoza was driving the vehicle without permission at the time of the crash which occurred about 3:00 a.m.

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