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McKinney truck driver charged with manslaughter
By Josh Hixson, Staff Writer
Jeremy Jean Davidson, a 21 year-old tractor truck driver from McKinney, was arrested and charged with manslaughter by Plano Police Department on Tuesday afternoon.
Davidson is implicated in the death of Cynthia Yulanda Carter, 33, of McKinney.
On Oct. 18 at 6:43 a.m. Davidson was driving a tractor truck full of sand when he ran a red light at the intersection of state highway 121 and Custer Road in Plano.
Davidson was heading westbound on S.H. 121 when his truck struck Carter’s 2000 green Ford Focus and a white Ford Expedition, driven by Laurie Worman of McKinney, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the Plano Police Department.
The tractor truck Davidson was driving was estimated by police to have weighed 80,000 pounds at the time of the accident.
Carter was pronounced dead on the scene by the Collin County Coroner, while Worman was treated for her injuries at an area hospital.
Officer Andrae Smith, a spokesperson for the Plano Police Department, confirmed that multiple independent witnesses saw that Carter had a green light and that Davidson ran the red light while traveling at a high rate of speed.
“Multiple witnesses at the scene, who witnessed the accident, confirmed that the driver of the truck ran the red light,” Smith said. “Witness information weighs more than anything sometimes.”
Davidson could face anywhere from two to 20 years and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted of the felony manslaughter charge. Davidson’s bail was set at $20,000.
Smith was at the scene of the accident that day and ruled out the possibility of drugs or alcohol playing a factor in Davidson’s judgment.
“There was no indication of any foreign substance being in his system at the time of the incident,” Smith said. “It was determined that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in this accident.”
While there were no red light cameras at the intersection, Smith said that the city of Plano and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to install them.
“Prior to date there has not been a red light camera at the intersection,” Smith said. “The Plano city council is working with TxDOT to put a red light camera in this area.”
Getting all drivers to respect red lights is a major priority, Smith said.
“We will continue our efforts to get the general motoring public to recognize these lights and it is an issue that we continue to address,” Smith said.
Contact staff writer Josh Hixson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-398-4255.
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