A Quinlan woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a pedestrian in the city in October, 2017.
Jury selection had been scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court for Bethanie Lauren Brown on charges of intoxication manslaughter and driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. She had pleaded not guilty.
Instead Brown, 31, entered guilty pleas Monday to the driving while intoxicated count and a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to two years in state jail on both charges, with the punishments to run concurrently.
Brown was taken into custody immediately and was placed into the Hunt County Detention Center. The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office indicated Brown will have to spend the entire two year sentence, with the exception of two days previously served.
Brown was charged in connection with the death of Matsuko Conaway.
The Quinlan Police Department reported Brown was intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash on Oct. 26, 2017.
Brown was initially taken into custody on two counts of driving while intoxicated with children younger than 15 years of age..
Personnel with the police and fire departments and American Medical Response were dispatched shortly before 6 p.m. on the date of the accident to the intersection of State Highway 34 South and Kirby Avenue. Upon arrival on the scene, it was discovered Conaway, 70, had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the highway. Conaway was transported to the Quinlan emergency room where she was later pronounced deceased. The Texas Department of Public Safety was called to assist with the accident.
Brown was identified as the driver and had two children in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Conaway was born Nov. 21, 1946 in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan the daughter of Chosei Hamamoto and Haru Higa. She was a master woodworker and spent the last 35 years with Vintage Woodworks and attended First Baptist Church of Quinlan.