Lufkin Man charged in connection with death of his wife in wreck

Lufkin Man charged in connection with death of his wife in wreck
Angelina Co. Jail
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 4:18pm

A Lufkin man was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of his wife in motorcycle accident.

Jesse Robert Huerta, 48, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a charge of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, just after midnight on June 3, Huerta and his wife Maria Huerta, 42, left Wild Willies night club on his motorcycle and headed westbound on Frank Avenue. Huerta told police that night he thought he saw oncoming headlights in his lane, according to the affidavit. However, officers found no evidence that a vehicle was in his lane at the time of the accident.

Huerta swerved and lost control, throwing the couple off the bike at Frank Avenue and Lufkin Avenue. When police arrived they found Maria unresponsive and transported her to Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin, the affidavit stated.

Maria died later that morning at the hospital from injuries sustained in the accident. Neither were wearing helmets at the time, the affidavit stated.

According to a previous Lufkin Daily News article, the couple was traveling toward state Highway 94 with a biking group and bringing up the rear at the time of the accident, according to Lufkin Police Sgt. David Walker. When the group stopped at Polk’s on Frank Avenue, they realized the Huertas were no longer with them and went back to look for them. That’s when they came upon the accident, Walker said.

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