HITCHCOCK — Authorities Monday continued investigating a collision that killed a jogger during the weekend and left a La Marque woman charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Roger Yarn, 44, of Hitchcock.

Former Police Chief Clay Kennelly said Yarn, who is survived by his wife and four children, was jogging north alongside the road in the 6000 block of FM 2004, near the city limits of La Marque and Hitchcock, when he was struck and killed by a car Saturday evening.

“He was on the side of the road facing traffic, legally, and was out jogging,” Kennelly said.

Hitchcock police were dispatched shortly before the collision to respond to a call of a suspected drunken driver headed south on FM 2004 from Interstate 45, and arrived shortly after the accident, Kennelly said.

Yarn was struck by the right lower windshield of the southbound vehicle and thrown more than 70 feet, Kennelly said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car then swerved across traffic and collided with a truck before coming to a halt, Kennelly said.

The driver of the truck was not injured, he said.

Cordova Leann Sowells, 49, of La Marque was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Her bond was set at $100,000.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and League City accident investigators assisted Hitchcock police, Kennelly said.

Sowells was being treated at the hospital Monday morning for injuries she sustained in the second collision, Kennelly said. He did not know the extent of her injuries, but said they were not critical.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.


(1) comment

Paula Flinn

Roger Yarn was a very cheerful person, who was very competent at his job and loved his family. He was the sole support of his wife and children. I hope that the person who chose to drink, drive, and thereby take the life of this wonderful human being has to pay for what she has done. She should have to serve time in jail and Roger's wife should get some remuneration. The drunk woman who killed Roger has destroyed a family. She should pay for what she has done.

R.I.P. Roger

God Bless Roger and his beautiful family.

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