Teresa and Roberto Leon died last month while changing a tire on the side of Interstate 45.
The Oak Cliff couple’s two young children were in the car and were not seriously injured.
The family was on the way to see a movie at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Ennis on Nov. 18 when they stopped to change a flat tire on their Kia just before 7 p.m., according to WFAA.
The two parents were struck as they were putting on a spare tire and died at the hospital. Police accused 23-year-old Kaitlin Cheyenne Eagle of driving while intoxicated and causing the accident, which also involved a third car. Eagle turned herself into the Ellis County Sheriff Department police on Dec. 20 and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Her bond is set at $1.5 million.
Eagle is accused of speeding in her Hyundai and striking a Chevy Avalanche driven by an Arlington woman. The pickup then hit the Leon’s Kia.
Police investigators found that Eagle, who left the scene, later was admitted to a hospital, where blood tests showed her blood-alcohol level at .25. The legal limit is .08. They also found transactions showing that Eagle, who lives an hour away in Richland, had been drinking at a bar in Dallas, according to the Waxahachie Daily Light.
That newspaper also reports that Eagle was involved in a similar accident this past summer.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating a prior accident involving Eagle that took place at 4:14 a.m. on June 26 on Interstate Highway 45. Trooper Otis White stated that the vehicle Eagle was operating hit the rear of another vehicle. A blood sample from Eagle was obtained from that incident and results are pending from the DPS laboratory in Austin to determine if Eagle was intoxicated.