Belton man indicted in deadly drunk driving crash


Jacob Allen Smith. (Courtesy: Bell County Jail)

BELTON, Texas – A Bell County Grand Jury has indicted a Belton man for a crash that killed one man in July. Jacob Smith faces a charge of Intoxication Manslaughter with a Vehicle.

Texas DPS Troopers responded to a major crash July 9th, involving two vehicles on Sparta Road. A 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by 27-year-old Jacob Allen Smith, of Belton, was traveling south on Sparta Road. A 2008 Mercury sedan operated by 42-year-old James Sexton, also of Belton, was going north on Sparta Road. Smith proceeded to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone.

The front of the Ford Pickup collided head-on with the Mercury Sedan. Troopers say Smith drove off after the crash, but was later apprehended by law enforcement. Sexton was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Judge Duffield.

A 20-year-old woman in the Mercury was transported to Scott and White ER for incapacitating injuries.

Smith was placed under arrest and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter, Intoxication Assault, Failing to Stop and Render Aid-SBI and Fail to Stop and Render Aid-Death. 

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