May trial for woman charged in manslaughter

May trial for woman charged in manslaughter

A trial date has been set for a Beaumont woman charged in the death of a woman as she rode her bicycle on MLK Parkway in Beaumont.

Christy Renee Arceneaux, 35, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury May 31, 2012, on a charge of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police responded to the 100 block of MLK Parkway on Aug. 3, 2011, to find a woman they later identified as Carol Roberta Lewis lying unresponsive in the roadway.

When they interviewed Arceneaux and witnesses to the accident, police said she admitted to driving her 2003 Toyota Solara in the northbound lanes of MLK where she hit Lewis, who was biking in the right lane along the curb.

According to the affidavit, Arceneaux told police Lewis pulled out in front of her and she was unable to avoid a collision with the bike.

After speaking with witnesses, however, police got a different story.

The affidavit said at least one witness told police Lewis did not pull out in front of Arceneaux’s vehicle.

The affidavit said police also observed Arceneaux’s “slurred speech,” saying, “she was unsteady on her feet, unable to follow instructions, and very lethargic.”

Although police said they did not detect the odor of alcohol on her, a field sobriety test was performed in which Arceneaux “performed poorly.”

According to the indictment, police are charging Arceneaux due to “the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, and a combination of at least two of these substances.”

Arceneaux was arrested June 4, 2012, and posted a $50,000 bond at the Jefferson County Jail the same day.

She is set to appear in Judge Lindsey Scott’s 252nd Criminal District Court on May 12.

— Clay Thorp

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