Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl

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Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl

Postby scottm » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:10 pm

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Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl
http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayar ... 086759.php

Erika Diebel, 41, faces charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.

League City police arrested Thursday a woman in connection with a car accident earlier this month that killed an 8-year-old girl, according to police.

The woman, 41-year-old Erika Diebel, faces charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, which is a second-degree felony.

Diebel is accused of slamming her Jeep Grand Cherokee into the back of a stopped Ford Expedition around 6 p.m. on April 6, in the 2600 block of West Main in League City, according to a sworn statement from investigators on the case.

Eight-year-old Kelsey Nalepa was sitting in the back seat of the Ford. Her injuries from the crash were fatal. She died April 8 at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Diebel allowed law enforcement to draw her blood at the site of the collision. Lab reports found she had a blood alcohol content of 0.249 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, according to court documents.

Diebel is being held on a $100,000 bail.


That's over 3x the legal blood alcohol limit in Texas (0.80).
This carries a 2-20 year jail term. Hopefully it's the latter.

It sounds like her ex-husband is suing for full custody of their two children.
It was suggested that this is not her first accident while under the influence.

#ErikaDiebel #ErikaNicoleDiebel #DUI #DWI #Murder #KelseyNalepa #RIP

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Re: Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl

Postby scottm » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:04 pm

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Crash victim's family sues driver, automaker
http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/artic ... e76b0.html

The family of an 8-year-old League City girl who died after a car crash filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday in Galveston County courts against a woman charged in the fatal collision and against the car manufacturer.

The lawsuit is the third legal battle facing Erika Diebel, 41, who was charged Thursday with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle in the fatal crash.

The crash and subsequent charges also have become part of a child custody battle between Diebel and her former husband, according to court records.

Kelsey Nalepa died of injuries sustained in a crash April 6 in the 2600 block of West Main Street in League City.

Traffic was stopped in that block when Diebel drove her Jeep Grand Cherokee into a 2009 Ford Expedition, police said. The crash seriously injured Nalepa, police said.

She was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where she was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m. April 8.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Diebel consented to a blood-alcohol test and was taken to a University of Texas Medical Branch clinic in League City, where she gave the sample, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

The alcohol content report from the Texas Department of Public Safety crime laboratory showed Diebel had a blood alcohol content of 0.249 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, according to the arrest affidavit. The legal limit is 0.08.

Diebel was arrested Thursday on the second-degree felony charge and was held on $100,000 bond, according to court records.

Diebel has a history of alcohol abuse, according to court records related to a child-custody case her former husband, William Byron Kerneckel, 41, reopened after the April 6 crash.

“Erika Nicole Diebel was on her way to pick up our son from karate at the time of the accident, and I have good reason to believe that Erika Nicole Diebel was drinking alcohol at or prior to the time of the accident,” Kerneckel alleged in the affidavit filed April 10.

Diebel had been drinking from noon to 5 p.m. April 6 to celebrate a friend’s birthday, Kerneckel alleged in the affidavit.

In January 2016 and February 2016, Kerneckel was called to the scenes of accidents to retrieve Diebel after she twice totaled vehicles while drinking-and-driving, according to the affidavit.

Diebel was not criminally charged in those alleged crashes, court records show.

Before being reopened on April 10, the divorce had been finalized in October 2011, court records show.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by Alton Todd, representing the Nalepa family, seeks damages of more than $1 million from Diebel and Ford Motor Company, court records show.

Diebel erred in driving while under the influence of alcohol and by failing to maintain proper speed and control of the vehicle, the lawsuit asserts.

Ford was negligent because the 2009 Expedition the family was driving was defective, the lawsuit asserts.

“As manufactured, the 2009 Ford Expedition was unreasonably dangerous in that the driver’s side seat failed and Kelsey Nalepa’s head came in contact with the back of the seat,” the lawsuit asserts.


Erika Diebel twice totaled cars while drinking and driving?
How is this lady still allowed to have a license and vehicle?
No worries -- she will be broke and behind bars really soon.

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Re: Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl

Postby scottm » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:30 pm

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Case No. 17-CR-1105
http://publicaccess.co.galveston.tx.us/ ... ID=1334975

The State of Texas vs. ERIKA N DIEBEL

Charges: INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER W/VEHICLE
Statute: 49.08(b)
Level: Second Degree Felony
Date: 04/20/2017

Bond Docket 05/16/2017 @ 10:15 AM


Details on the criminal case for anyone following along.

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Re: Woman charged in wreck that killed 8-year-old League City girl

Postby scottm » Tue May 16, 2017 8:22 pm

05/16/2017 ATTY STATED THAT DEFENDANT HAS SOBERLINK AND AN INTERLOCK INSTALLED

06/29/2017 PRE-INDICTMENT/DISCOVERY


Erika Diebel, who's BAC was 3x the legal limit when she killed an 8yo girl, had Soberlink on her vehicle?
Does this mean Soberlink is a really useless device, or did she have a friend help get her SUV started?

#ErikaDiebel #ErikaNicoleDiebel #DUI #DWI #Murder #KelseyNalepa #RIP #Soberlink


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