Police: Alcohol Not Believed to Be Cause of Fatal Wreck

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

New insight in the investigation of a fatal accident that claimed the life of a Texas A&M student and injured two others this weekend.

Lindsay Walters was killed early Sunday morning, after she was hit by a truck driving at a high rate of speed through a Northgate parking garage.

The truck jumped a curb, hit three pedestrians, and barreled through concrete poles, and a bolted down trash can, before striking another vehicle and finally coming to a stop.

Police say they're still looking into many different possibilities as to what caused the crash, but don't believe alcohol is to blame. Monday morning, police officers told News 3 no breathalyzer or blood tests were given because of that reason.

Officers say when they got to the scene, the driver showed no signs she was drunk and they had no reason to believe she had been drinking.

"There were officers who were in contact with her almost immediately after the accident," College Station Police Sgt. Brandy Norris said. "Field sobriety was done by an officer who is certified to do the standard field sobriety test, and basically she passed the test, and so there was no indications of intoxication."

They say they are still looking into other possibilities, such as driver error or vehicle malfunction.

Lindsay Walters, 21, died at the scene. Two others, 22-year-old Rachael Rahn, and Andres Andonie Bocock, 22, were transported to nearby hospitals where they're listed in critical and good conditions.

Currently no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

The driver of truck, Alma Martinez, 26, was not seriously injured in the crash.

We checked with several police departments in the area, including Bryan and Waco, about when they administer breathalyzer or blood tests for accidents, and like College Station they say don't administer those tests unless they have a solid reason to believe the driver has been drinking-- for example: empty beer cans in the car, the smell of alcohol, or slurred speech by the driver.

Authorities with the Waco police department say administering the test without a probable cause could be considered "profiling" and could lead to lawsuits down the road.

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