Lindale woman surrenders to Smith County Sheriff's Office for alleged intoxication manslaughter charges

Published on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 14:53 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

Jessica Lauren Vass, 35, of Lindale turned herself into the Smith County jail shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A warrant was issued for Vass's arrest for the April 12 crash that resulted in the death of Gary McCrary, 62, of Flint, and Annette Burkhart, 56, of Garland. 

McCrary was assisting Burkhart with changing her tire on the side of the road on Toll 49, north of Texas Highway 64, when a driver struck the back of one of the vehicles, pushing it into the other vehicle and ultimately hitting and killing both people, a preliminary crash investigation by TxDOT revealed.  

Speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash according to the report.

According to an uncertified copy of a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report obtained through the Texas Department of Transportation, Vass was traveling at a speed of 75 miles per hour. Her blood alcohol content was .148, which is almost twice the legal limit of .08.  

According to the report, Vass faced two counts of intoxication manslaughter.  Vass was taken to ETMC but no injuries were cited in the report, and she was not arrested at that time.

McCrary was pronounced dead at the scene, and Burkhart was taken to a Tyler hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  

According to Smith County judicial records Vass was being held in the Smith County jail on $100,000 bonds. Her bonds were posted and she was released from the Smith County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.