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Manslaughter charged in fatal accident
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – Charges of manslaughter and a violation restriction on occupational license have been fi led 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-yearold 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 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, Jr. separated and slid sideways. Thompson 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 Thompson’s autopsy report showed negative for alcohol and positive for drugs. Results from a reconstruction team confi rmed that Faulkner, Jr.’s speed calculations at impact were 67 miles per hour and pre-impact was 90 miles per hour 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 fi eld 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 Hermann Memorial Hospital with incapacitating injuries. On Aug. 2 he fi led a civil suit against Faulkner, Jr. and his father in the 411th Judicial District Court of San Jacinto County.