Rusk County distracted driver found guilty of criminal negligent homicide

Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:21 - Written by

Staff reports

An East Texas woman was found guilty of two counts of criminal negligent homicide and sentenced to five years of probation last week.

A Rusk County jury deliberated for two hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict for Ashley M. Kubiak, according to a news release from the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office.

“The defendant was looking down at a text, resulting in a collision where she turned a vehicle into oncoming traffic causing death and horrific injuries,” County Attorney Micheal Jimerson said in the statement. “I respect the jury’s decision extending mercy for the defendant, but everyone was moved by the tremendous suffering and courage of the victims’ family.”

The case was tried in the 4th Judicial Court with the Honorable Guy Griffith presiding. Jason Cassell represented Ms. Kubiak and Jimerson and First Assistant District Attorney Richard Kennedy represented the state, the release states.