Driver charged over passenger's death during Central Texas flooding

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

LOCKHART, Texas -- A driver accused of ignoring barricades set up during Central Texas flooding has been indicted in the death of a passenger who was swept away.
    
A Caldwell County grand jury indicted 43-year-old Willie Brite Jr. of Lockhart on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.
    
Sheriff's Sgt. Frank Alvarez says Brite was not in custody Friday.
    
Investigators say Brite on Nov. 1 deliberately went around safety barricades along Brushy Creek and his vehicle ended up submerged. Brite escaped but 57-year-old Cynthia McKee was swept away. Her body was recovered Nov. 12 in the creek.
    
Officials say Brite was also indicted Wednesday on a driving while intoxicated charge in connection with a December incident.

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