A Spring woman is accused of driving drunk when she
swerved into a center lane and smashed into a motorcycle head on,
throwing the driver 100 feet before he died at the scene, officials
Jennifer Lopez Harden,
35, was charged with intoxication manslaughter and taken into custody
Sunday after the collision at 3 a.m. on Birnham Wood Boulevard near
Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring.
She was one of more than 20 drivers
that received intoxication-related charges on Montgomery County roads
during its "No Refusal" weekend from Thursday to Sunday, officials said.
Spring man John McSwain,
42, was traveling southbound near Interstate 45 when a car driven by
Harden passed northbound and veered into the center lane, hitting
Swain's motorcycle head on, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
was thrown from his motorcycle, which was demolished. He died at the
scene. Harden, also of Spring, and her passenger were taken to the
hospital with minor injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, DPS officials said.
Ruthie Elaine Scheer,
56, is also in custody after backing up over her husband in their
Conroe driveway in the 1200 block of North San Jacinto Saturday evening.
66, died at the scene after she pinned him under the car. She was found
to be intoxicated at the scene and she was charged with manslaughter.
In Montgomery County, there was an uptick in drunken driving arrests at the end of the last fiscal year after a rash of intoxication manslaughter cases in 2012, according to county officials.
2008 and 2011, the county saw an 80 percent drop in intoxication
manslaughter cases. In 2012, the number of cases increased. Impaired
drivers killed 14 people in 2012 from only two in 2011, according to
data from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
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