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Cancer Delays DWI Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Family members say a woman accused of drunkenly driving her car into pedestrians leaving a rock concert hasn't gone to trial because she's battling pancreatic cancer.

Mary Dodgen is charged with intoxication manslaughter and four counts of aggravated assault stemming from the incident last July on the outskirts of Austin.

Jeff Wilson, a 32-year-old defense lawyer, suffered a fatal brain injury. Four people were injured.

Dodgen's lawyer and a prosecutor meet periodically with the case judge and agree to postpone case.

Family members say the 62-year-old remains free on bail as she undergoes intensive chemotherapy. Her lawyer says she's too weak to come to court.

Wilson's family members say they want Dodgen to be held accountable, regardless of her health.

Dodgen had worked in the Smith County clerk's office in Tyler before the crash.

Aggravated assault and intoxication manslaughter are second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


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