Denison road rage victim dies

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Jennifer Russell's family said she lost her leg and was hospitalized more than 25 times following a road rage incident in July of last year.

Early Monday morning, she died.

We talked to Russell back in June, after warrants were issued for two men linked to the accident.

"It hurt a lot waiting for this. And now, it's like a big sigh of relief,” Russell said at the time.

The wreck happened on FM 691 near La Cima Road.

Russell told us two vehicles forced her and her boyfriend into oncoming traffic after her boyfriend spit on one of the vehicles for cutting them off.

Joshua Haliburton and Tripp Bird were each charged with one count of accident involving serious bodily injury or death and two counts each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Now that Russell has passed away, Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said that could change.

"We potentially have manslaughter charges but it's not going to be a murder case because there is no evidence of intent,” Brown said. “Murder is when you intentionally take the life of somebody."

“The evidence is not going to change. What they did is not going to change. But now a jury will be able to consider that what they did caused a death.”

Brown said it's a tragic example of the terrible consequences of road rage.

"We just encourage everybody to walk away from those situations,” Brown said. “Call the Police if necessary. But it is so insignificant compared to what can happen to you."

The DA's office will now work with the doctor to find out whether Russell's death was a result of the crash.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 14 for both defendants, with a jury trial set for January of next year.

No word yet on if those dates will change.



 
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