Hit-and-run defendant in jail for bond violations, again

Angela Dawn Cox
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An 18-year-old Texarkana woman who cost a man his leg when she hit him with a pickup truck in May, is back in the Bowie County jail.

Angela Dawn Cox was arrested for failure to stop and render aid June 23 in connection with a May 9 collision which left a man who’d been checking his mail around noon that day on Farm to Market Road 559 in Bowie County in need of an amputation. Cox was released the same day as her initial arrest on a $15,000 bond. Cox’s bond was revoked July 27 for violating the conditions of her bond.

Cox appeared in court Aug. 7 before 5th District Judge Bill Miller and entered a guilty plea. Miller ordered probation officials to complete a presentence investigation report and scheduled the case for sentencing Aug. 21. Miller set a $30,000 bond for Cox at the Aug. 7 hearing and Cox was released the same day.

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Friday morning Cox was arrested for violating the conditions of her bond a second time and is currently being held in the Bowie County jail. She faces two to 10 years in prison at sentencing but could be sentenced up to 10 years of probation. Offenders on probation or who are free on bond must submit to regular drug testing.

Angela Cox and her mother, Brenda Cox, are being sued by the man who lost his leg after the collision in May. Michael Gentry alleges in the suit that Angela Cox was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when she veered out of her lane and struck him where he stood near his mailbox about four feet away from the road’s fog line.

Gentry alleges that Brenda Cox was aware that her daughter had a problem with substance abuse but let her drive her Ford F150 truck despite that knowledge. Gentry is asking for more than $1 million.

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