A Quinlan woman may be intending to plead guilty next week to a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of a pedestrian in October 2017.
Jury selection was set Monday in the 196th District Court for Bethanie Lauren Brown. The trial was reset from June after the attorney who was representing Brown asked to withdraw from the case.
Judge Andrew Bench agreed and appointed a new attorney to represent the defendant.
The July 8 docket for the court indicates Brown, 31, who has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge and a separate indictment of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, is scheduled to enter new pleas to both counts.
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 and was expected to face additional charges in connection with the death of Matsuko Conaway, according to a statement issued by the department on Oct. 30, 2017.
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.
According to an obituary posted by Quinlan Funeral Home, Conaway was born Nov. 21, 1946 in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan and was 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.
The intoxication assault charge is a second degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years in prison.
The charge for driving while intoxicated with child passenger is punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state jail.