TEXAS CITY — A jury will resume deliberations today in the trial of a man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of an 11-year-old girl struck by a big rig at a school bus stop in 2012.
The jury of six men and six women deliberated for about five hours Tuesday before breaking for the day without a verdict.
Prosecutors allege that Hector Pena, 47, was driving recklessly when his truck ran over Christina Marie Lopez, a sixth-grader at Levi Fry Intermediate School who was waiting at an unmarked bus stop in the 2900 block of 26th Street in Texas City.
Pena’s defense attorneys said Lopez’s death was a tragic accident, but was not a crime.
Lopez’s parents were awarded $6.71 million in October after filing a lawsuit that accused Pena and his former employer, Altom Transport, of negligence.