Man reaches plea deal in drunk-driving wreck that killed Tyler driver

Daniel Juarez (Source: Smith County Jail website)
Daniel Juarez (Source: Smith County Jail website)(Smith County Jail website)
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:25 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:28 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Chandler man agreed to a 12-year prison sentence Monday on an intoxicated manslaughter with a deadly weapon charge, resulting from a 2021 fatal wreck.

The defendant who struck the victim’s vehicle was Daniel Guadalupe Juarez, 39, of Chandler. The wreck took the life of a Tyler man, Dennis Criner, 54, on Dec. 14.

According to the Texas DPS investigation, Juarez was driving westbound on Hwy 64 in a Lincoln Town Car, and Criner was headed eastbound in a Ford Escape. DPS said Juarez was driving at an unsafe speed, lost control on the wet roadway, and crossed into the eastbound lane, hitting Criner’s vehicle head-on. Criner died at the hospital. Juarez was injured, but recovered.

Juarez pleaded today in Judge Kerry Russell’s court and accepted a 12-year prison sentence. He will be eligible for parole after six years in prison.

Source: KLTV Staff
Source: KLTV Staff(KLTV Staff)