DICKINSON

An 18-year-old man died Thursday morning when he was hit by a truck while walking on state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

The woman driving the truck was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after the crash.

Kelsey Carlson, 24, was held on $1,000 bond. She no longer was in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

The fatal crash occurred about midnight near the intersection of 19th Street and state Highway 3, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

The man was walking south on the west side of the road when he was struck by a Ford F-150, Trochesset said. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released. He was reportedly walking home from work, Trochesset said.

The road where the man was struck is a four-lane highway without streetlights or sidewalks.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(11) comments

Bailey Jones

$1000 bond?

Doug Sivyer

So tragic! And yes, what's up with the $1,000 bond? For intoxication manslaughter? Give me a break!

Ted Gillis

I remember years ago, my son's student karate instructor was killed while walking north on Highway 646 in Santa Fe. So tragic. I don't think that they ever found the driver.

This incident is also tragic. At least she was stopped.

Stephanie Martin

I agree. $1,000 bond for a DUI that took someone’s life? What’s wrong with this picture?

Wayne D Holt

[thumbup]

George Caros

All you have to do is look at the picture,get the picture

Carlos Ponce

I remember two years ago two of our "Progressive" forum contributors thought ankle bracelets were sufficient instead of bail. Then that man (Trent Paschal) who killed his wife in La Marque cut off his ankle bracelet and skedaddled.

BJ - "It doesn't matter what I think, Carlos. Innocent until proven guilty. Simple concept. Fundamental to the American system of justice. Take a poor person, wrongly arrested, or even rightly arrested for a minor offense, place him in jail with a bond he can't pay. First he loses his job because he can't get to it. Then he loses his home and car because he lost his job. Why? Because conservatives can't stand the idea of not continuously punishing the poor. How does holding an innocent person in jail for days, weeks or months, serve justice? How many innocent people need to have their lives disrupted or destroyed in order to quell your fear of poor people? And it is ONLY poor people we're talking about, because everyone else (innocent or guilty) makes bail and walks around free."

JF kept insisting "Ankle monitors are also tamper-resistant and have the ability to alert authorities if the wearer attempts to remove it or damage it in some way. Keeping people in jail will not help with the lawsuit, but a ankle bracelet program may help and also lets them to continue to be employed while waiting trial."

The low bails are due to what they called "bail reform".

"Seven months after being accused in federal court of running an unconstitutional bail system, Galveston County leaders say they’ve made reforms to ensure poor people spend less time in jail before seeing a judge and chance to go free."

And GCDN editors offered this:

"The county has legal, financial and moral obligations to make bonds and other forms of pretrial release fair and reasonable, for example; but equally compelling obligations to ensure people who might do harm don’t get out of jail too easily."

and

"The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Galveston County, its judges and magistrates over a bail system the civil rights group asserts unjustly harms indigent people accused of crimes."

Looks like bail reform has come back to haunt them.

Carlos Ponce

On bail reform BJ writes on Sep 23, 2019 7:03am:

"A small step toward equal justice. The amount of time you spend in jail - especially when you haven't even been convicted of a crime - shouldn't depend on how much money you have, or whether you can afford an attorney."

And yesterday:

"$1000 bond?"

Carlos Ponce

Instead of yesterday, make that July 1, 2021.

Bailey Jones

It makes more sense now that the rest of the facts are out. The $1000 bond was for a simple charge of driving while intoxicated. She's now charged with intoxication manslaughter, which comes with a $100K bond. She has posted the bond and is free.

This is the way the bond system should work - as a means to compel an accused person to return for trial. Bail should not be used as a means of incarcerating people who have not been convicted of a crime. This is the essence of bail reform. Apparently what seems obvious to me remains an unfathomable mystery to you.

James Reeves

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The truth is that the vast majority of crimes are committed by the "accused" already out on bond. There is little or no incentive to return to court to face a major felony conviction for someone who gets out on little or no money. Houston is facing a record surge in violent crime since bond reform was put in place in Harris county. The politicians there are blaming Covid-19. Ha ha. Bail was always supposed be weighed against flight risk. A person facing a murder charge with no stable address and no means of employment is a a much greater flight risk than some who is not. Yes it is not fair if someone can not get out on bail because they are poor. But it is also not fair the countless victims of violence caused needlessly by the revolving door criminal justice system.

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