A woman charged Thursday in connection with an early April car crash that killed an 8-year-old girl was driving with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, according to arrest records.

Erika Diebel, 41, of League City, was arrested about 10 a.m. on a charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, police said.

Her arrest came after an investigation into the April 6 crash that resulted in the death of Kelsey Nalepa, 8.

The investigation found probable cause to suspect Diebel was intoxicated at the time of the accident, police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.

Intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle is a second-degree felony. Diebel’s bond was set at $100,000.

The crash occurred as Diebel was driving a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee east in the 2600 block of West Main Street, police said.

Eastbound traffic was stopped in that block, and a 2001 Ford Expedition was stopped directly in front of Diebel’s vehicle, police said. Diebel drove her Jeep into the back of the Expedition, seriously injuring Nalepa, police said.

Nalepa was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment. She was pronounced dead April 8.

Diebel consented to a blood-alcohol test and was taken to a University of Texas Medical Branch clinic in League City, where she gave the sample, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

The alcohol content report from the Texas Department of Public Safety crime laboratory showed Diebel had a blood alcohol content of 0.249 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, according to the arrest affidavit. The legal limit is 0.08.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Dozens of people and organizations from the League City area and elsewhere turned out April 9 and contributed to a memorial on the fences surrounding Ross Elementary School in memory of Nalepa, who attended school there.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com


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