POSTED: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 10:40am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 3:27am
UPDATE: 28-year-old Jesus Martinez Soto has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of 5-year-old Jae McNaughton. Mr. Soto is currently in the Kilgore City Jail waiting to be arraigned.
Kilgore, TX — On Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 6:20 a.m. the Kilgore Police Department responded to a report of a traffic accident involving a small child on Gulf Hercules Road, Kilgore, Texas.
When police arrived, they found five year old Jae Michael McNaughton of Kilgore had been struck by a vehicle and was seriously injured. McNaughton was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview Texas by Champion EMS. After arrival at the hospital, Jae McNaughton succumbed to his injuries and died.
Another child identified as James Lane White, 16 years old of Kilgore, was also struck by the same vehicle. James White suffered minor injuries but was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
Preliminary investigation revealed Jesus Martinez Soto, 28 years old of Kilgore, while driving a 1998 Blue Ford Pick-up, made a left turn from Burns Street onto Gulf-Hercules Road. Upon making the turn, the vehicle struck five year old Jae McNaughton and 16 year old James White who were crossing the intersection of Burns St. and Gulf Hercules Road. A third child was also walking with the two other children, but was not struck by the vehicle. It is believed the children were walking North on Gulf Hercules Road on the way to the school bus stop.
The driver 28-year-old Jesus Martinez Soto of Kilgore has been detained for driving without a license, other charges are pending at this time.