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Grand jury declines to indict driver in 2019 fatal Sherman crash

A grand jury did not indict a Grayson County woman, after she hit a man with her car, killing him last year.
A grand jury did not indict a Grayson County woman, after she hit a man with her car, killing him last year.
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 10:42 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - A grand jury did not indict a Grayson County woman after she hit and killed a man with her car last year.

The Grayson County District Attorney’s office said that after a thorough investigation — including witnesses and additional evidence — Melissa Thompson will not be indicted on any crime.

On May 17, 2019, Thompson was arrested for suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after she hit and killed 40-year-old Kyle DeRiso.

Witnesses said that DeRiso was crossing the street from Sonic on Texoma Parkway in Sherman, when he was hit by a car, driven by Thompson.

Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said a blood sample taken from Thompson showed her blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit, meaning she was not drunk the night she killed DeRiso.

“As far as where the victim was crossing the street, what type of clothing the victim was wearing, whether it was in a crosswalk or not- those things may or may not have been weighed by the grand jury,” Smith said.

There is no crosswalk where DeRiso was walking that night.

Smith said he can’t prosecute Thompson for any felonies without the grand jury’s approval, and on Wednesday, they let her go without charges.

“Citizens of this county compose our grand jury, and they decided not to charge Ms.Thompson with a crime, so our office will not be charging her with any felonies under this district and can not charge her with any felonies,” Smith said. “There’s always the possibility that the victim’s family can pursue civil remedies, against Ms. Thompson and her insurance carrier- to make a civil recovery.”

The family could file a civil lawsuit.

DeRiso’s family was unavailable for comment.

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