A 23-year-old New Deal woman was indicted this week by a Lubbock County grand jury in connection with the death of a 63-year-old man a mile west of Lubbock that prosecutors believe resulted from a drunken driving crash.
Stephanie Marie Fair is facing a count of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors believe Fair was intoxicated when she drove her 2018 Dodge pickup eastbound on FM 2641 and struck Timothy Lee Harr, who was on the side of the road, inflating a low tire on the front right of his 2015 John Deere Tractor towing a shredder.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the crash about 4:10 p.m. Oct. 14, according to a DPS news release.
Crash investigators believe Harr was out of the tractor, which was facing westbound in the north barrow ditch.
Meanwhile, Fair was driving her pickup east on FM 2641 when, investigators believe, she crossed into the westbound lanes into the north barrow ditch and struck Harr and the front-left portion of the tractor.
The pickup stopped on FM 2641.
Harr was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fair, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured, the release states.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed at the Lubbock County jail, a responding trooper was told by paramedics that Fair refused treatment and appeared to be intoxicated.
The trooper asked Fair for her driver's license and helped her stand up from a seated position. The trooper noted that Fair was unsteady on her feet, slurred her speech and had red, glassy, bloodshot eyes.
The trooper could also smell the odor of alcohol on Fair's breath.
The trooper wrote that Fair reportedly agreed to take a standard field sobriety test but refused to follow his directions.
Fair was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
Fair reportedly consented to a blood draw but the trooper noted that she became uncooperative after and threw her jewelry in the pre-booking area at the jail.
She remains held at the jail on a bond set at $85,000.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: New Deal woman indicted in fatal October crash indicted