Woman pleads no contest to driving while intoxicated in 2014 fatal crash

Jaime Kaylan Tankersley, 32, of Mertzon pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated in the December 2014 two-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of 20-year old Aaron Allen. The plea was entered Monday in Judge Ben Nolen’s court. 

Tankersley was sentenced to 180 days confinement in county jail. Her sentence was probated for two years. She will be under the supervision of the Concho Valley Community Supervision and Corrections Department for the length of her probation. Tankersley was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $417 in court costs. She will have to serve 72 hours of confinement as a plea condition on or before April 18, 2016, according to court documents.

Her vehicle will be outfitted with an ignition interlock device that will remain throughout the duration of her probation. According to lifesafer.com, an ignition interlock device (IID) is a mechanism, like a breathalyzer, installed in a vehicle to deter drinking and driving. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must deliver a breath sample into the device and if the analyzed result is greater than the pre-programmed level, the device prevents the vehicle from being started.

The incident for which Tankersley was charged happened late on the evening of Dec. 6, 2014, on Seventh Street and North Bryant Boulevard.  According to a Dec. 7, 2014, press release from the San Angelo Police Department, police responded to the scene at approximately 11:55 p.m. Dec. 6.

When police arrived on the scene, they found a white Dodge Ram pickup truck and a red Honda Civic passenger car in the intersection. Officers at the scene thought one of the drivers was severely injured and called for additional help from the SAPD’s traffic section. Officer Brian Bylsma was assigned to lead the investigation, according to the release.

Officers and paramedics were not able to access the driver of the Civic and additional fire department personnel had to be called to the scene to assist with recovery. The Jaws of Life were required to extract the driver of the Civic, later identified as Allen. Allen succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard.

The occupants of the pickup, Jaime Tankersley and her passenger, Wesley Tankersley, 25, were not injured in the accident, according to the release.

Preliminary investigation showed the Civic Allen was driving was traveling south on Bryant and the Dodge was turning left from Bryant to the Houston Harte frontage road. The driver of the pickup failed to yield the right-of-way while turning left and collided with the Civic in the intersection.

Officers at the scene scene believed alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. After further investigation, Jaime Tankersley was arrested for intoxication manslaughter with vehicle. She was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. She was released the following day on bond.

Allen’s father filed a $1 million lawsuit under the Texas Wrongful Death act against Tankersley in 2015.

 

Editor’s note: Tankersley pleaded no contest to the charge of driving while intoxicated. A correction has been made to the original story.