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Mount Enterprise man charged with criminally negligent homicide in fatal Rusk County rollover

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HENDERSON (KYTX) - A one-vehicle rollover wreck in Rusk County that killed a passenger this past September has led to a homicide charge against the driver.

Billy Jack Driggers, 38, of Mount Enterprise, is in the Rusk County Jail on $20,000 bond today, charged with criminally negligent homicide. Records show he was arrested Wednesday, following a grand jury indictment.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers say Driggers was driving a vehicle with 34-year-old Nicole Marie Clinton, of Mount Enterprise, in the passenger's seat on Texas 64 near County Road 4131 on Labor Day, when Clinton unhooked her seatbelt to adjust because of discomfort in her hip. That's when the vehicle rolled over, and Clinton was ejected to the vehicle. She was taken to Trinity Mother Frances Medical Center in Tyler with a traumatic brain injury and died four days later.

According to an indictment filed in the Rusk County District Clerk's Office, Driggers is charged with criminally negligent homicide because he failed to control the vehicle or his speed, failed to drive in a single lane and drove his car "when he knew the steering system was defective. The defendant's vehicle left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned twice, ejecting Nicole Marie Clinton from the vehicle thereby resulting in" her death.

Criminally negligent homicide is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in state jail. On March 24, Driggers completed a 100-day sentence in Smith County Jail on a habitual theft conviction, online records show.

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