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Manslaughter charge filed in fatal crash
BY MARTHA CHARREY
COLDSPRING — Charges of manslaughter and a violation restriction on occupational license have been filed against Frederick Eugene Faulkner Jr. following a three-month investigation by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) into a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 52-year-old Willis woman. According to the DPS accident report, Faulkner Jr., son of San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner, was northbound on Hwy. 156 about 6:34 p.m. May 8, 2011, exiting a right hand curve while Terry Maher Thompson was southbound on Hwy. 156 nearing the curve. The accident report states: “Evidence on the roadway suggests that Faulkner Jr. was driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Evidence suggests that Thompson took evasive action to the left while Faulkner Jr. took evasive action to the right.” The two collided on the center strip of the roadway. Faulkner Jr. drove over the top of Thompson’s vehicle, pushing it northbound. The vehicle Faulkner Jr. was driving knocked both wheels from the vehicle and was riding on top of Thompson’s vehicle. Thompson’s vehicle rolled over to the left side and began to slide while Faulkner’s separated and slid sideways. Faulkner came to rest partially in the roadway, northbound lane facing westbound. Thompson came to rest on the left side, northbound lane facing southbound. According to the accident report, toxicology tests on Thompson taken during an autopsy were negative for alcohol and positive for drugs. Results from a reconstruction team confirmed that Faulkner Jr.’s speed calculations at impact were 67 miles per hour and pre-impact was 90 miles perhour while exiting the right hand curve. Faulkner Jr.’s license expired on Sept. 23, 2010, according to the report, because of suspension for a previous DWI in San Jacinto County. He passed a field sobriety test on the scene, according to DPS Trooper W.R. Clark who investigated the accident. Ruphley Earl McKinney,46, a passenger in Thompson’s vehicle, was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with incapacitating injuries. On Aug. 2 he filed a civil lawsuit against Faulkner Jr. and his father in the 411th Judicial District Court of San Jacinto County.