GALVESTON, Texas – Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney, who was indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges connected to a crash that killed a father and son last year, lost her re-election bid Saturday.
The Galveston County grand jury handed up indictments on two counts of manslaughter against Haney in the July 3 crash that killed Hong Phuc Le, 33, and his father, Van Duoc Le, 58.
Haney blamed Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady for playing politics in the election for her loss. She is pledging to come back and run for mayor in two years.
Investigators said that the Les had stopped to adjust a load in the back of their pickup on Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway when they were sideswiped by Haney’s truck.
According to court records, Haney admitted to a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper that she had smoked marijuana hours before the fatal crash. She later said that while that is true, she was not under the influence of the drug at the time of the crash.
Haney claimed the crash was an accident.