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Izard man charged with manslaughter

Thursday, January 26, 2006

17-year-old dies in auto accident

A Mount Pleasant man has been charged with manslaughter after crashing a vehicle that claimed the life of a passenger Jan. 15.

Marcos Sanchez, 18, of Mount Pleasant was arrested Jan. 20.

Sanchez had been traveling with three juvenile passengers when he wrecked his car at Harrison Street in Batesville. Megan Hall, 17, of Batesville was fatally injured in the wreck. The other two minors, a girl from Batesville and a boy from Mount Pleasant, were hospitalized after the wreck.

Independence County Deputy Ed Driver was the first officer on the scene. According to reports, Sanchez was near the accident scene while the three juveniles were trapped in the vehicle.

According to reports, one of the passengers said Sanchez had been angry at Hall after an argument and was driving at 90 to 100 miles an hour while the passengers were telling him to stop.

According to Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer, the accident investigation revealed that the vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed the center line of the roadway and began to swerve, struck a curb and then traveled off the roadway, striking a utility pole on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Brewer's report listed contributing factors of excessive speed, driving on the wrong side of the road and careless/prohibited driving.

Sanchez had also been driving with a DUI suspended driver's license.

The three passengers were taken by ambulance to White River Medical Center, where Hall later died from her injuries.

According to authorities, the surviving female underwent two surgeries on her leg and would probably need additional surgery.

Sanchez was arrested when he showed up at the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Captain Bill Lindsey said Sanchez resisted arrest and had to be restrained when he found out he was under arrest.

Sanchez faces charges of manslaughter, a class C felony; second degree battery, a class D felony; aggravated assault, a class D felony; and driving on a suspended license, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Sanchez's bond had originally been set at $25,000 but, according to Captain Bill Lindsey of the Independence County Sheriff's Office, the bond has been raised to $100,000 cash.

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