Man Charged In Crash That Killed Fort Hood Soldier

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Central Texas grand jury has indicted a San Antonio man on a count of intoxication manslaughter over a crash last summer that killed a Fort Hood soldier.

The Bell County grand jury indicted 37-year-old Philip Ray Hernandez for the crash that killed Sgt. Chad Richard Clifton. The 31-year-old soldier from Wilmington, Del., died July 1, when Hernandez's car slammed into Clifton's pickup truck, which had broken down on northbound Interstate 35 near Salado.

According to an arrest affidavit, Hernandez told a state trooper that he had been drinking, and tests showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

If convicted, Hernandez could get a 20-year prison sentence.

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