Warrant out for mother in deadly December I-35 crashPosted: May 10, 2010 10:08 PM EDT
by John Cuoco
LORENA - Lorena Police have been investigating a four vehicle crash on December 8, 2009 since it happened.
Now, they said they have found enough evidence to issue a warrant to bring 38-year-old Mirella Meza from Missouri back to Texas on felony charges.
The warrant is for injury to a child-recklessness.
Police say Meza, who was also towing a van, and whose daughter Isabelle died in the crash, is to blame for the fatal wreck.
"The Lorena Police are alleging Ms. Meza was negligent in her care and custody of the child," Victor Kuykendoll, Lorena Police, said.
Back in December, authorities said the car simply lost control in the wet weather, but new evidence from Lorena police suggest other reasons.
According to phone records and witness accounts, Meza was supposedly on her cell phone at the time of the wreck. Her daughter was also no secured in the back seat, and she was towing another car using a hitch held together with duct tape and a screw driver.
In an open records search News Channel 25 did, it was discovered that Meza had her drivers license revoked, she's had 18 traffic violations in Missouri since 1998, including leaving the scene of an accident, five citations for driving with no license, and another four for driving while her license was either suspended, revoked, or denied.
Meza told Lorena police she would turn herself into the McLennan County Jail by Monday. So far, she is not booked in.