A woman facing a charge of intoxication assault in connection with a major crash on a Bowie County highway in August was allegedly eight months pregnant at the time of the wreck.
The crash allegedly caused the loss of 25-year-old Tyler Briann Musselwhite’s pregnancy and serious injuries to the driver of a Hyundai Sonata, according to a probable cause affidavit. Musselwhite was driving a Mitsubishi in the southbound inside lane of Highway 59 at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 3 when she crossed the center lane and struck a Hyundai traveling in the inside northbound lane.
The Mitsubishi and Hyundai reportedly became entangled and spun around before coming apart. The Hyundai’s driver, a 31-year-old woman, suffered a broken pelvis, broken legs, a broken arm and head injuries. First responders had to extract the Hyundai’s driver from her car.
Musselwhite, who was allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was allegedly ejected halfway out of the car’s passenger side window after the Mitsubishi came to rest on its side. The top of the Mitsubishi’s frame was resting on Musselwhite’s torso after the crash. A witness who helped get Musselwhite out of the car allegedly reported that Musselwhite smelled of alcohol. A partially consumed bottle of vodka was allegedly found inside the Mitsubishi.
In addition to losing her unborn child, Musselwhite allegedly suffered injuries to organs. Before undergoing surgery, a sample of Musselwhite’s blood was allegedly tested at the hospital and showed a blood alcohol level of .329, approximately four times the .08 legal limit.
Musselwhite appeared in court Tuesday before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart. Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said the state intends to present the case for indictment to a grand jury this month. If convicted of intoxication assault, Musselwhite faces two to 10 years in prison. She is currently being held in the Bowie County jail.