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October 8, 2012

One killed, one injured by hit-and-run driver

Athens — One pedestrian was killed and another injured in a hit-and-run accident in Athens Saturday night.

Charles Lee Linton Jr., 37, was charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid. Total bond on Linton was set at $75,000. Linton remained in the Henderson County Jail Monday.

The deceased was identified as Kelby M. Ball, 22, of Athens. The injured person was Anna Latham, 19. She was transported to East Texas Medical Center Athens, then transferred by helicopter to Tyler. Latham was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Athens Police Department reports indicate that the accident occured when Linton was westbound in a 2000 model Dodge pickup in the 1300 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2495 at about 9:48 p.m., Saturday.

Ball and Latham were on foot, walking in a westerly direction in the grass between the Lake Ridge Apartments, and a service station at the intersection of East Tyler Street. Linton drove off the road on the left side, striking the pedestrians in the grass.

A witness saw the incident, and called 9-1-1. Police arrived, and began to look for the car that struck the individuals. Officers found Linton in the truck, parked on the northeast side of the Walmart parking lot. Damage to the pickup was consistent with evidence found at the wreck location.

Lt. Michael Davis said Cpl. Dana Dykes and Patrolman Josh Beaty have been investigating the accident. They were assisted on the night of the wreck by Patrolman Marshall Passons, Sgt. Jason McEntire, Officer Dustin Cook and Det. Michael Reynolds. The Athens Fire Department dispatched two units to the scene.

The Texas Penal Code lists intoxication manslaugher as a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a term of two to 20 years in prison, and a possible fine, not to exceed $10,000. Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony.

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