LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Sarah Emily Reeves remains charged with driving while intoxicated. We have learned today that the decision on whether to enhance those charges to a possible intoxication manslaughter charge will be made by the district attorney's office.
According to an accident report completed Tuesday evening, Reeves was driving her 2011 Jeep Wrangler SUV north on Lee Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, when police say she drifted over the center line, striking Lynden Alexander Bell, who was walking down Lee Street.
Bell, a 24-year-old fast food manager, was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center.
By noon the next day - Thanksgiving - he was pronounced dead, according to the report. But family members tell us he remained on life support so that his organs could be donated to more than a dozen recipients.
Police investigated the wreck as an intoxication manslaughter case.
Reeves gave officers a blood sample and was released from jail the night of the accident.
"At this point, she remains charged with DWI. However, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review, and on to the grand jury, most likely," Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said.
According to the Texas Board of Nursing, Sarah Emily Reeves is a registered nurse here in Longview, and though she has no current disciplinary actions, her license is set to expire Friday of this week.
"She took an oath to conduct herself in a certain manner," said Bell's mother, Lenay Okeke, a retired nurse.
We've tried to reach reeves, but a family member told us by email that Reeves was staying with relatives and not at her home, which is two blocks from the accident scene.
And as a reminder, misdemeanor drunk driving as a first offense usually carries a maximum punishment of up to six months in jail and $1,500 in fines. However, intoxication manslaughter is a second degree felony in the state of Texas, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.